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Mark A. Lester

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Camarillo, CA

Jones, Lester, Schuck, Becker & Dehesa, LLP
771 E Daily Dr, Ste. 230
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: 805-604-2655
Fax: 805-604-2656
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation (70%), Estate Planning & Probate (20%), Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mark A. Lester is an estate planning attorney and partner at the law firm of Jones, Lester, Schuck, Becker & Dehesa, LLP, and he serves clients throughout Camarillo, Los Angeles and Ventura County, California. Licensed to practice in California in the year 1981, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California.

A former judge pro tempore of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the matters that Mr. Lester has assisted during his eminent career have included:

  • Estate planning
  • Drafting of wills and trusts
  • Probate and trust administration
  • Succession planning and special needs planning
  • Estate and trust litigation
  • Guardianships and conservatorships

Mr. Lester attended Stanford University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1977, followed by his Juris Doctor in 1980 from Seattle University School of Law. He also holds an L.L.M. in taxation from Boston University School of Law. During his time in Seattle University School of Law, he was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award, the editor of the University’s Law Review and chairman of Phi Delta Phi.

Board-certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Lester was honored by Martindale-Hubbell for his impeccable professionalism and high ethical standards – he was given an AV Preeminent* peer review rating, the organization’s highest rating.

When it comes to giving back, Mr. Lester spends his time providing services to his community. He is among the board of trustees of the California Board of Legal Specialization and a commissioner of the organization’s Estate Planning Law Advisory Commission. 

At the National Business Institute, Mr. Lester provided continuing legal education courses to legal professionals for several years. He also supports a variety of legal causes through his pro bono work and is a part of the Wellness and Caregiver Center of Ventura County, Ventura County Council – Boy Scouts of America and the Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Business/Corporate
Focus Areas

Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022

About Mark A. Lester

First Admitted: 1981, California

Professional Webpage: http://venturaestatelegal.com/team/mark-a-lester/

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • California Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Eagle Scout - Troop 354, San Gabriel Valley Council, 1969

Educational Background

  • Boston University - LLM (Taxation), 1981
  • Stanford University - BA (Economics), 1977

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Askari v. R&R Land Company 179 Cal. App. 3d 1101, 225 Cal. Rptr. 285, 1986
  • Estate of Odian 145 Cal. App. 4th 152, 51 Cal. Rptr. 3d 390 - Court of Appeal expanded the definition of “care custodian” , 2006
  • Christie v. Kimball 202 Cal.App.4th 1407, 136 Cal.Rptr.3d 516 - Court of Appeal affirmed the probate court’s own authority to order an accounting from a trustee as part of its plenary powers of managing cases under Probate Code §17206, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 1987
  • Judge Pro Temp for the Small Claims Department of the Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Voluntary Settlement Officer through the San Fernando Valley Bar Association for the Probate Department of the Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Judge Pro Tem for the Probate Department of the Ventura County Superior Court
  • Appointed Member of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission, California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, 2011-2016, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1990
  • Chair of Estate Planning Law Advisory Commission, California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, 2015-2016, 2015
  • Appointed Member, Board of Trustees, California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, 2016-2020, 2016
  • Liaison to C.E.B. Governing Committee, 1985-86, 1985
  • Volunteer, Los Angeles County Bar Association - Barristers Disaster Relief Assistance Committee, 1991 to Present, 1991
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1985
  • Vice Chair of Estate Planning Law Advisory Commission, California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, 2014-2015, 2014
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1986 to Present, 1986
  • California Young Lawyers Association - District Six Director, 1984-1987, 1984
  • Volunteer, Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services, 1991 to Present, 1991
  • State Bar of California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 1987
  • Vice President, C.E.B. Governing Committee, 1985-1986, 1985
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1987
  • Member, Executive Committee, Ventura County Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, 2014 to Present, 2014
  • C.Y.L.A. Chairman for State Bar Annual Meeting, 1987
  • Ventura County Bar Association, 1998 to present, 1998

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • National Business Institute, co-Author & co-Lecturer - "How to Draft Wills & Trusts in California", 2004
  • “Ethically Managing an Estate Planning Practice”
  • “Surcharges and Sanctions: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
  • “Effectively Using Petitions to Compel Accountings and to Appoint Neutral Trustees to Resolve Trust Disputes”
  • “Certificates of Independent Review & Gifts to Care Custodians”
  • “To Have and to Hold Out or Is DNA Enough to Claim Your Inheritance”
  • “Do You Know Who Your Children Are? Determining Parentage in Probate and Trust Administration Cases”
  • “Trust Attorneys Fees and the Non-Participating Litigation Beneficiary”
  • “No Certificate of Independent Review – Can the Gift to a Prohibited Transferee Otherwise be Salvaged?”
  • Puget Sound Law Review, now known as the Seattle University Law Review, Associate Editor, 1980
  • 2018 National Business Institute – “The Probate Process in California from Start to Finish” – Chapter 5 “Handling Claims Against the Estate” and Chapter 10 “Probate Disputes & Litigation”, Author & Co-Presenter, The Probate Process in California from Start to Finish, 2018
  • National Business Institute co-Author & co-Lecturer - "The Ultimate Guide to Probate in California", 2016
  • National Business Institute co-Author & co-Lecturer - "The Top 9 Probate Problems and How to Solve Them", 2017
  • Woodland Hills Tax & Estate Planning Council, co-Author & co-Presenter – “To Have and to Hold Out or Is DNA Enough to Claim Your Inheritance”, 2017
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Probate Section, co-Author & co-Presenter – “Certificates of Independent Review & Gifts to Care Custodians”, 2017
  • Woodland Hills Tax & Estate Planning Council, Author & Presenter – “Surcharges and Sanctions: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly”, 2016
  • Ventura County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section, co-Author & co-Presenter – “Ethically Managing an Estate Planning Practice”, 2015
  • San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council, Author & Presenter – “Effectively Using Petitions to Compel Accountings and to Appoint Neutral Trustees to Resolve Trust Disputes”, 2017
  • North San Diego County Bar Association / Probate Section, Author & Presenter – “Effectively Using Petitions to Compel Accountings and to Appoint Neutral Trustees to Resolve Trust Disputes”, 2013
  • Ventura County Bar Association / Probate Section, Author & Presenter – “Effectively Using Petitions to Compel Accountings and to Appoint Neutral Trustees to Resolve Trust Disputes”, 2012
  • July 2018 – Ventura County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section – “Do You Know Who Your Children Are?  Determining Parentage in Probate and Trust Administration Proceedings” – Co-authored with Wendy Lascher, Co-Author and Co-Presenter, Do You Know Who Your Children Are?  Determining Parentage in Probate and Trust Administration Proceedings, 2018
  • National Business Institute, co-Author & co-Lecturer - "The Probate Process in California from Beginning to End", 2003
  • National Business Institute, co-Author & co-Lecturer - "The Probate Process in California from Beginning to End", 2014
  • National Business Institute, co-Author & co-Lecturer - "Estate Planning and Recovery for Elderly Clients", 2007
  • National Business Institute, co-Author & co-Lecturer - "The Probate Process in California from Beginning to End", 2010
  • National Business Institute, co-Author & co-Lecturer - "California Probate: Beyond the Basics", 2005
  • National Business Institute co-Author & co-Lecturer - "Oddities & Challenges in California Probate", 2004

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Directors - Oxnard Police Foundation, 2005 to 2017, 2005
  • Volunteer, Golf Committee for the Ventura County Council Boy Scouts of America
  • 1st Assistant Scoutmaster - National Scouting Jamboree Troop 831, 2010
  • Probate Committee, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, LASC Probate Settlement Conference Program, 2017 to Present, 2017
  • Board of Directors - Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles, Inc., 2014 to present, 2014
  • Volunteer, Wellness & Caregiver Center, Camarillo Health Care District, Pro Bono Legal Services, 2010 to present, 2010
  • Assistant Scoutmaster - Troop 485, Western Los Angeles County Council, Westlake Village, CA, 2008 to present; father of 3 Eagle Scouts, 2008
  • Board of Governors, Tower Club, Oxnard, 2015 to Present, 2015
  • Volunteer Settlement Officer, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, LASC Probate Settlement Conference Program, 2014 to Present, 2018

Honors/Awards

  • Goldline Research: The Ten Most DependableTM Lawyers (Trusts & Estates) of California, 2008
  • Southern California Super Lawyer™ in Corporate and Business areas of the law, 2018
  • Southern California Super Lawyer™ in Estate Planning & Probate, 2015 and 2018
  • Southern California Super Lawyer™ in Estate & Trust Litigation, 2015 - 2019
  • AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, 2001 to Present, 2001
  • Humanitarian Award, Elite American Lawyers, 2015
  • American Jurisprudence Award (Wills & Trusts), 1979
  • Certificate of Recognition – Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles -  Probate Settlement Officer Program, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, 2017
  • Professional of the Year in Trust and Estate Planning, Worldwide Registry, 2015
  • Membership Committee of Phi Delta Phi, Chairman, Seattle University School of Law, 1979
  • Top 101 Industry Experts, Worldwide Who's Who, 2016
  • Top Lawyers - The Secrets to Their Success; Estate Planning, and Trust and Probate Law, Executive Spotlight, Worldwide Publishing, 2017
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Office Location for Mark A. Lester

771 E Daily Dr
Ste. 230
Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-604-2655

Fax: 805-604-2656

Last Updated: 11/25/2021

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