Michael Burstein started as an attorney in 1987 working at a Century City law firm and focuses on wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, elder law, and business planning. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, which happens to be the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. At Hastings he was the Managing Editor of the Constitutional Law Quarterly.
After law school Michael began applying what he had learned initially as a member of the California Bar and later adding the Kansas and Oklahoma bars. In addition to being a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Order of Distinguished Attorneys, Michael is also an active member of Wealth Counsel (which is a national network of practicing estate planning attorneys) as well as Elder Counsel, Wealth Counsel Advisors, and serves on the Board of the Directors of the Culver Marina Bar Association.
Michael’s passion shines through in all aspects of his work, and his desire to educate his clients as well as the general public has led him to host educational seminars and boot camps. He has experience in addressing thousands of unique situations and takes the time to make sure that not only his clients work is done efficiently, but that his clients are comfortable every step of the way.
Throughout his career Michael has prepared upwards of 3,500 trusts, 5,000 wills, and probates approximately 50 estates annually. His attention to detail, mastery of the law, and willingness to do whatever it takes to meet the individual's needs of a wide range of clients has allowed him to build a successful practice in the Los Angeles area since going out on his own in 1989. Many of his clients have been with him for years, and recommend his services to family and friends alike.
Marycela joined the Burstein Law Firm in May 2007. She has worked in all aspects of the office including as a legal assistant, administrative assistant, client coordinator, and marketing assistant. Among her responsibilities is making sure that the office runs properly. She is a people-person and loves to interact personally with clients and meet their needs.
She is a Los Angeles native and is a proud product of its public school system. Marycela received her Bachelor’s Degree from the American Intercontinental University in Criminal Justice. Among her interests are art (she is a painter and sculptor), music and dance and she spends as much time as possible with her family.
Kodey joined the Burstein Law Firm in April 2017. His responsibilities include client coordination and management, invoicing and managing probate cases, as well as estate planning, for our clients. His main objective is to not only help our clients feel welcome and comfortable when they enter our office, but also to work behind the scenes to give them the best service possible.
Kodey has been an avid Laker and Dodger fan, as well as a patient Oakland Raider fan for 18 years. He enjoys playing and discussing sports. He is also a foodie and enjoys trying out all types of cuisines, as well as exploring the culture behind the food.
Donovan joined the Burstein Law Firm in September of 2018. He currently works as a client coordinator and legal assistant. Among his responsibilities are tending to clients and their estate planning needs.
Donovan is an Angelino through and through. He is currently working on his Bachelors degree at the University of Los Angeles. Among his favorite sport franchises are the Lakers, Dodgers, and Miami Dolphins.
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