Annette Dawson-Davis, B.S., M.Ed, J.D. is a California licensed attorney who is a member of the Trust and Estates section of the California Bar Association and the Probate section of the Ventura County Bar Association. She limits her practice to estate planning, trust administration and probate. She has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1990.
My Great, Great Grandfather was the first elected justice of the peace on the Oxnard Plain. For more about my Family just click the My Family link above.
Why I do What I Do:
After my father, Howard Q. Dawson, Sr.-Major USAF, died, we found his trust was not well written. My dad was sold an estate plan by a large corporation based in another state, attorneys in my field call them “Trust Mills.” Trust mills give accountants and mortgage brokers a large referral fee to recommend this service to their clients. The attorney did not take the time to make sure all of the important details were covered. The attorney, and the accountant, did not stand behind the product and were not available to help when problems arose.
Next, I retained a lawyer that was recommended to me by another attorney. The lawyer did nothing until we requested a refund. He then quickly wrote us a letter that claimed he had used our entire retainer to review our file. The letter he wrote to me cost me $1,000.00.
That is why I have selected estate planning for my area of practice, because I believe individual attention and communication is the key to a successful estate plan.