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Brenda Depew

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Hinojosa & Forer LLP
2215 Colby Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310-473-7000
Fax: 310-473-1730
Email: Brenda Depew
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018
Licensed in California Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate
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Attorney Profile

Brenda Depew has specialized in probate law for the entirety of her career, and has handled hundreds of probate matters, giving her the experience necessary to navigate any probate matter in an efficient manner.  Ms. Depew specializes in probate administration, conservatorship appointment and administration, guardianship appointment and administration, trust administration and probate litigation, and she also acts as a neutral fiduciary in many probate matters where parties require a neutral fiduciary.  Ms. Depew also specializes in analyzing and preparing complex trust and probate accountings. 

Brenda realizes that many of her clients are new to the area of probate and makes every effort to inform her clients of the process of their court proceeding and the time-frame that it will take to complete the matter.  Every client and case are important to Ms. Depew's practice, which consists of simple probate cases to complex, probate litigation matters.


Ms. Depew graduated from the University of West Los Angeles and is also a partner in her firm.

About Brenda Depew

First Admitted: 2008, California

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lectured and wrote material for NBI 'Estate Administration Boot Camp' for the areas of "Marshalling the Assets" and "Closing the Estate and Final Accounting.", Lecture, Estate Administration Boot Camp, NBI, Probate, 2016
  • Review new laws pertaining to subject, provide 'helpful hints' and strategies material, Author to updates, Inventory and Appraisals, CEB Decedent Estate Practice Guide, California Legal Community, 2021
  • Presentation on selling real property in probate with special emphasis on court confirmation of sales., Writer/Speaker, UNDERSTANDING THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES OF COURT CONFIRMED REAL ESTATE SALES, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Trust And Estate Section Of Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2020
  • Authored Outlines and lectured for Seminar given for attorneys and paralegals, which detailed the nuts and bolts of estate administration, including pertinent law, for: Marshaling the Assets and also Closing the Estate and Final Accounting., Authored Marshalling the Assets and Closing the Estate and Final Accounting, Estate Administration Boot Camp, National Business Institute, Legal, 2016


  • Estate of Marja Nadler.  Settled one million dollar claim for $25,000, resulting in Satisfaction of Claim allowing the estate to close., 2019
  • Cecilia David v. Estate of Ervin Phillips.  Settled one million dollar claim lawsuit with prior caretaker of decedent.  Essentially no defense, however, Claim was settled for $600,000 to plaintiff., 2019

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Served pro bono in conservatorship matters as Court Appointed Counsel., 2019
  • Served pro bono in conservatorship matters as Court Appointed Counsel., 2021
  • Served pro bono in three conservatorship proceedings as court appointed counsel for conservatees., 2020

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Became Partner of the firm Hinojosa & Forer, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Serve on Probate and Trusts Section Executive Committee of Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2021
  • Serve on Probate and Trusts Section Executive Committee of Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2020
  • Serve as Court Appointed Counsel on the Probate Volunteer Panel for Los Angeles Superior Court, 2020
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Office Location for Brenda Depew

2215 Colby Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Last Updated: 8/12/2022

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