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About our practice.

Since our inception, Patinelli & Chang has been focused on building a welcoming, friendly, and trusted practice.

As family men, we understand how important it is to do proper planning to protect and provide for your family should something happen to you. A typical estate plan consists of a revocable living trust, wills, powers of attorney, advanced healthcare directives, HIPAA authorizations and guardianship documents for those with minor children. To help you navigate this complicated landscape, we take the time to get to know you. Our approach is key to ensuring that plans will work effectively when the time comes.

When someone passes away, we also help families with trust administration and probate process, even if we did not create the original documents. So remember: whether you're single, married with kids or without, widowed, divorced, a member of a blended family, the best thing you can do is call now and make a free consultation meeting. We look forward to meeting with you and starting that long-lasting relationship.



Michael J. Patinelli

Prior to joining Patinelli & Chang, LLP, Michael was the seminar presenter at one of the largest estate planning law firms in Southern California. Mr. Patinelli joined the California State Bar in 1992 and spent the early years of his legal career working with some of the most talented litigators in Los Angeles. He later transitioned to the more family-oriented practice of estate planning after the birth of his beautiful daughter.

Mr. Patinelli received his Bachelor's Degree in History from Loyola Marymount University and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola Law School. He was born and raised in Hollywood, where he still resides with his beautiful wife and daughter. Michael is quite a food connoisseur and dinner table conversationalist and as a Southern California native is an avid fan of the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams and Kings.



John W. Chang

Mr. Chang is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law as recognized by the State Bar of California board of legal specialization.

Prior to joining Patinelli & Chang, LLP, John headed the estate administration and probate department over the course of nearly 9 years for one of the largest estate planning law firms in Southern California where he handled and supervised hundreds of trust administration cases.

John was born in Taiwan and raised right here in Torrance. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Riverside, in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Western State University, College of Law.

John still resides in Torrance with his lovely wife and two very active boys. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, tennis and is involved once a month in a free legal clinic to serve the community.

Languages spoken: Mandarin

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