About The Law Firm of Steven F. Bliss ESQ:
Who Am I?
I have been in private practice as an Attorney since 1991. My law practice is concentrated in the areas of Wills, Living Trusts and Estate Planning; assisting clients in Probate and Trust Administration matters; assisting clients with Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy cases; and assisting my clients with the formation and management of Partnerships, LLC’s and Corporations.
Why Do Business With Me?
I am a one stop shop for all your individual and family security needs. I am a competent legal professional and I take the time to make complex legal processes easy to understand with clear and thorough explanations. I offer convenient office, business or home consultations with evening appointments available when necessary.
What Is My Educational Background?
I graduated with honors from Syracuse University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. I passed the CPA examination in Massachusetts in 1985 but am not licensed as a CPA in California. I graduated from California Western School of Law here in San Diego in 1989, my class rank was 17th out of 182. I won the following awards while there:
AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE AWARD 1988: Estate Planning
AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE AWARD 1987: Secured Transactions
AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE AWARD 1987: Constitutional Law
MILLER TAX AWARD 1988: Federal Income Tax
MILLER TAX AWARD 1987: Federal Estate and Gift Tax
Dean’s List: 1987 and 1988
Areas of Focus
Our Practice Areas
Estate PlanningAvoid Probate & Estate Taxes
Avoiding probate is by far the most common reason why people seek out the advice of an estate planning attorney.
The significant loss of one’s estate to the payment of state and/or federal estate taxes or state inheritance taxes is a great motivator for many people to put an estate plan together.
Lately, asset protection planning has become a very important reason why many people, including those who already have an estate plan, are meeting with their estate planning attorney.
Probate is the court-supervised process of authenticating a last will and testament if the deceased made one.
It includes locating and determining the value of the decedent’s assets, paying his final bills and taxes, then distributing the remainder of the estate to his rightful heirs or beneficiaries.
Each U.S. state has specific laws in place to determine what’s required to probate an estate.
Trust Administrationtrustees’ management
Effectively resolved probate or trust administration also requires expert accounting and tax preparation.
A trust administration is NOT a court-supervised process, yet its ultimate goal is also the transfer of property from an individual who has died (the “decedent”) to that individual’s beneficiaries who are identified in his/her revocable living trust.
Filing bankruptcy can help a person by discarding debt or making a plan to repay debts.
A bankruptcy case normally begins when the debtor files a petition with the bankruptcy court.
A petition may be filed by an individual, by spouses together, or by a corporation or other entity.