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Wendy E. Hartmann

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Glendale, CA

Law Offices of Wendy E. Hartmann
300 W Glenoaks Blvd, Suite 300
Glendale, CA 91202
Phone: 818-862-3545
Fax: 323-386-7777
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013, 2015 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate, Family Law, Tax: Consumer
Attorney Profile

Attorney Wendy E. Hartmann is the founder and owner of Law Offices of Wendy E. Hartmann in Glendale, Southern California. Certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by The State Bar of California, Ms. Hartmann has more than 20 years of total legal experience, and she provides invaluable counsel and support to clients across her region who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Estate planning
  • Taxation
  • Business planning
  • LGBT legal matters
  • Adoptions

Before entering the legal profession, Ms. Hartmann led a successful career in human resources, and she once served as vice president of a major national human resources consulting firm. During this time, she also gained considerable experience in the areas of accounting, taxation, business management and development, and estate planning, and she has earned designation as one of the leading top attorneys in Southern California.

Ms. Hartmann received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1976. Upon deciding to pursue her legal career, she attended the University of La Verne College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1998. She also received her Master of Laws in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2000. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Drawing upon her extensive legal knowledge and experience, Ms. Hartmann routinely conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on taxation, LGBT laws and other legal subjects. She has also facilitated seminars and programs at the California State Bar Annual Meeting and the State Bar Taxation Conference, the Estate and Gift Tax Conference, and the American Bar Association Tax Conference. She has also spoken before numerous legal organizations throughout the state.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Family Law
  • 10%Tax: Consumer
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Adoption, Name Change, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Tax Law


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013, 2015 - 2022

About Wendy E. Hartmann

First Admitted: 1999

Professional Webpage:

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Quoted in the Wall Street Journal in an article entitled "The (Un)Marriage Penalty," December 13, 2010
  • Wall Street Journal Podcast: What LGBT Couples Should Know About Estate Planning,, 2017
  • Interviewed and contacted by radio and internet publishers as well as the professional community, for interviews and presentations on their radio shows

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Teaching Corporations at People's College of Law in Los Angeles


  • Los Angeles Community Business Partner Award, LGBT Community, Complete Sports Diversity and StandUp Magazine, 2013
  • Top Women Lawyers in Southern California
  • Southern California Super Lawyer in 2011 - 2013 and 2015 - 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, State Bar of California, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of California, Estate and Gift Tax Sub-Committees of the Taxation Section
  • Family Law Institute
  • Warner Center Estate and Tax Planning Council, Executive Committee
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Executive board
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • United States Tax Court
  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • National Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Association

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration-State University of New York at Oswego
  • Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation-Golden Gate University, School of Law, 2000

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lecturer, Same-sex Relationships, Family issues such as Relationship Formation, Adoption, Estate Planning, Tax issues and Dissolution, Evolving laws affecting the LGBT community
  • Community Property Rules and Registered Domestic Partners, AICPA Tax Advisor, By David A. Paddock, M. Tax., CPA, and Wendy E. Hartmann, J.D., LL.M. March 31, 2012
  • The (Un)Marriage Penalty, for couples who aren't married, financial planning poses unique challenges, By VERONICA DAGHER, Wall Street Journal, Updated Dec. 12, 2010
  • Couples Who Don't Marry May Face Unintended Consequences, Financial planners call it the "unmarried" penalty and it can raise havoc around tax time, or during breakups and deaths, Consumer Affairs, By Zac Carman,, 12/14/2010
  • Adopting? Prepare to Be Surprised, Prospective parents often don't know the financial impact—until they start paying, By VERONICA DAGHER, Wall Street Journal, Updated Feb. 24, 2013
  • Contributor-COLLEGE PLANS THAT SAVE HEADACHES AS WELL AS MONEY These estate planning vehicles may help. August 2017.,
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Office Location for Wendy E. Hartmann

300 W Glenoaks Blvd
Suite 300
Glendale, CA 91202

Phone: 818-862-3545

Fax: 323-386-7777

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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