Dennis M. Sandoval

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Riverside, CA

Sandoval Legacy Group, A division of Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC
 | 3233 Arlington Avenue, Suite 105
Riverside, CA 92506
Phone: 951-787-7711
Fax: 951-840-3001
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%),
  • Elder Law (30%),
  • Closely Held Business (20%),
  • Tax: Consumer (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Dennis M. Sandoval and Sandoval Legacy Group focus on estate planning, special needs trusts, elder law, probates, conservatorships, trust administration, and tax planning and controversy. The law firm handles cases in Riverside County and San Bernardino County.

In 1992, Dennis was in a car accident that left him paralyzed and requiring the use of a wheelchair for ambulation. Despite his disability, he has been able to continue his role as a husband, father, business leader and community leader.

For nearly 20 years, Mr. Sandoval has assisted thousands of clients with their estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, probate, conservatorship and tax controversy needs. He has a Master of Tax Law (LL.M.) dgeree and Juris Doctorate. He is the only attorney in California who is a Certified Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialist, Certified Taxation Law Specialist and Certified Elder Law Attorney and Accredited Estate Planner. Mr. Sandoval's devotion to legal skills and ethics has earned him the designation of Fellow from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney. He has been rated AV-Preeminent* from Martindale Hubbell (its highest rating) and 10.0 (Superb) by Avvo (its highest rating).

Mr. Sandoval maintains an active presence in the legal community. He is the author of several articles and treatises on matters relating to estate planning, special needs planning, elder law and tax. He speaks at national and local conferences and other events and teaches as an adjunct professor at four different Universities. In addition to these activities, Mr. Sandoval has served on the Board of Directors and in various officer positions for legal associations and various non-profit organizations primarily working with the elderly and disabled individuals.

* AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30%Elder Law
  • 20%Closely Held Business
  • 10%Tax: Consumer
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Tax Law


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2021

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About Dennis Sandoval

Admitted: 1996, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Member of the Year, Southern California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2011
  • 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo, Inc.
  • Western State University College of Law, Cum Laude 1995
  • Fellow - National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys - Less than 100 elder law attorneys nationwide have been granted this honor
  • AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialist by the California Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2000
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, 2004
  • Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, 2007
  • Certified Taxation Law Specialist by the California Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2002

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Director of Education American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys - 2000 - 2016, 2016
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member of the Year of Southern California NAELA, 2011
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Elder Law Foundation - 2007 - 2010, 2018
  • Member Inland Empire Planned Giving Roundtable
  • Board of Directors National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys from 2007 to 2012, 2012
  • Chairman Estate Planning Section Riverside County Bar Association, 2003 - 2005, 2007 - 2009 , 2009
  • President 2008, Board of Directors since 2005, Southern California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Southern California NAELA), 2018
  • San Bernardino County Estate Planning Council
  • Adjunct Professor University of Redlands since 2012
  • Accredited by Veterans Administration since 2008, 2018
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University Elder Law LL.M. Program 2014 - present
  • Vice President Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, 2011
  •  Board of Directors, National Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (NAELA) from 2006 to 2008, 2018
  • Riverside County Estate Planning Council
  • Adjunct Professor at Chapman University College of Law in Orange, California, where he teaches various classes for its Master of Tax Law (LL.M.) program since 2008 
  • Board of Directors Life Care Planning Law Firms Association - 2011 - 2012, 2012
  • Director of Education Emeritus American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys - 2017 to present, 2018
  • President Southern California Chapter National Academy Elder Law Attorneys, 2007

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors Peppermint Ridge 2011 - 2018, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Three time nominee as Best Dad on Wheels, a contest conducted annually by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 2018
  • Fellow - National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 2014, 2018

Educational Background:

  • Golden Gate University College of Law, LL.M. Taxation, Cum Laude, 1999
  • California State University at Fullerton, B.A., in Business Administration / Finance, 1983

Industry Groups

  • Conservatorships
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Tax Controversy
  • Will And Trust Litigation


  • “I endorse this attorney in matters of Probate, Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Trust Litigation.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Dennis M. Sandoval

3233 Arlington Avenue
Suite 105
Riverside, CA 92506

Phone: 951-787-7711

Fax: 951-840-3001

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Last Updated: 2/26/2021

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