Philip P. Lindsley

Top rated Elder Law attorney in San Diego, California

San Diego Elder Law Center
Philip P. Lindsley
San Diego Elder Law Center

Practice Areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in California since: 1980

Education: University of San Diego School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023

San Diego Elder Law Center

7880 Golfcrest Dr
San Diego, CA 92119 Visit website


Philip P. Lindsley is the founder of the San Diego Elder Law Center, where he divides his practice between that area of the law and estate planning. Representing clients throughout San Diego County, he has been certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the Board of Legal Specialization of The State Bar of California. Mr. Lindsley has also been certified in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation, and he has been accredited as an attorney by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Lindsley assists elderly clients and their family members in a variety of areas. He provides advice and counsel on long-term care planning, helping to assess the alternatives and furnishing guidance on veterans programs and benefits as well as Medi-Cal issues. Mr. Lindsley works with them to preserve their eligibility for governmental benefits in the event that they receive an inheritance or other assets, and he prepares special needs trusts for people who have a mental or physical disability.

Mr. Lindsley also prepares and reviews other types of trusts as well as wills, health care and financial powers of attorney, and advance medical directives. His experience has additionally included conservatorships, and he guides family members who have recently lost a loved one through what can often be a complicated and lengthy probate process. Highly regarded by his colleagues, Mr. Lindsley has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo.

A San Diego native, Mr. Lindsley is a graduate of San Diego State University and the University of San Diego School of Law. An active participant in several professional organizations, he is admitted to practice in California and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

*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

Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

  • 80% Elder Law
  • 20% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 1980, California

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Representative Clients:
  • 1) Your aging parents, or you, trying to help them as they lose the ability to care for themselves. 2) Your special needs child as you plan for their best care during your life, and when you are no longer able to be their prime advocate.
Educational Background:
  • Psychology at San Diego State University
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Popular speaker for legal, health care and financial professionals in the area of Elder Law and Special Needs Planning.  Presentations have included offerings through: Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB); Lecturer on Special Needs Trusts for Administrative Office of the Courts, California Judicial Education Research Council; NBI; Sterling; San Diego Bar Association and directly arranged by San Diego Elder Law Center; Presentations to various San Diego County Staff and Agencies, including San Diego County Public Administrators and Guardian's Office and San Diego Probate Court; Presentations to various San Diego County and VA Hospitals Staff, and Staff of various Health Care Facilities; Editor, California Conservatorship Law (CEB-early 1980's editions)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • Past Chair; San Diego County Bar Association Elder Law Section
  • Probate Court Bench-Bar Committee
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Trust and Estates Section, State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Medical Liaison Committee
  • Pro Tem Judge, Probate Court, Superior Court, State of California, County of San Diego
  • Commissioner, State Bar of California Judicial Nominees Commission (4 years)
  • San Diego Bar Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section
  • San Diego County Bar Financial Liaison Committee
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Founding member, Probate Attorneys of San Diego (PASD), 2012
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Chair, Medi-Cal and Short-Doyle Reform Commission, California State Mental Health Association 1979-1982
  • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), the Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Disease Association, and the California and San Diego County Mental Health Associations
  • Board of Directors; Association for Conflict Resolution, San Diego Chapter (past)
  • Chair, Policy and Budget Committee; California State Mental Health Association-1978-1982, 1978
  • Board of Directors, San Diego County Memorial Society (past)
  • Consultant, San Diego County Adult Protective Services - Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST)
  • Board of Directors, Special Needs Trust Foundation of San Diego (current)
  • Legislative Committee, Mental Health Association (past)
  • Monthly San Diego Elder Law Center Newsletter; Periodic "E-Alerts" for Financial, Legal and Health Care Professionals
  • Service Award, State Bar of California, Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, 2005
  • Honoring Leadership Award, San Diego County Bar Association
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Specialist, State Bar of California, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, 2009
  • Martindale Hubble Rated AV Preeminent
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), National Elder Law Foundation, accredited by State Bar of California and American Bar Association, 2004
  • Accredited Attorney, Veteran's Administration, 2011
  • Admitted, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1989
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Member, Executive Committee of the State Bar of California Trust and Estates Section, 2014
  • Commissioner; State Bar of California Judicial Nominations Evaluation Commission (JNE)(1998-2002)

Office location for Philip P. Lindsley

7880 Golfcrest Dr
San Diego, CA 92119

Phone: 619-826-0844


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023

Certificates and credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization
Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
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