Associate Attorney, Estate Planning
About: Ali Smyser is an Associate Attorney who handles all areas of Estate Planning. These include trusts, wills, probates, general and limited conservatorships, and special needs trusts. Her areas of expertise include same-sex couples estate planning, as well as planning for the elderly and those with special needs.
Education: Southwestern University Law School
Accreditation: Member of the California State Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar, and the Pasadena Bar Association
- USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital Women's Council
- USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital Planned Giving Committee
- Salem Lutheran Church
- National Charity League
Experience: After a 10-year career in the entertainment industry, Ms. Smyser changed paths and enrolled in law school. The passing of both of her parents inspired her career change when she experienced how a well-prepared estate plan can alleviate much of the stress felt by grieving families. She graduated magna cum laude from Southwestern Law School. While at Southwestern she received the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction Award (for having the highest grade in class) in several courses, including Estate and Gift Tax, Property, Civil Procedure, Community Property, and Legal Research and Writing. During law school, Ms. Smyser interned for the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson of the United States District Court.