Michele (Shelly) Freedenthal's estate planning practice focuses on helping individuals and couples to prepare for life's inevitable end. Shelly knows firsthand how important it is to protect those assets (both financial and otherwise) that you have worked so hard to acquire, and to provide for your loved ones.
Shelly received her undergraduate degree in finance, cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a Masters in Public Affairs and a law degree (with honors) from The University of Texas.
After graduation, Shelly practiced law for nearly 23 years in the Employment Law Department at the law firm of Paul Hastings LLP. During that time, Shelly represented large companies in all aspects of employment matters, including drafting employment policies and handbooks, counseling employers, and representing companies in administrative hearings and litigation. Shelly also had an active pro bono practice for many of her years at Paul Hastings, primarily representing survivors of the Holocaust seeking pension benefits from the German government.
Shelly took a leave from the law in 2013 to pursue a lifelong dream of teaching children. She obtained her California teaching credential while interning in a third grade class. She then taught in private schools at the high school and middle school levels.
While working for her fourth year as a school teacher and administrator, Shelly is starting an estate planning law practice that will allow her to combine her legal background with her desire to help people. Shelly has chosen to concentrate on Estate Planning because she is passionate about helping individuals and families pass their assets — both financial and otherwise — to loved ones in a manner that is as easy, fast, and private as possible.
In her free time, Shelly loves to run, hike, and travel. Most importantly, Shelly is the proud mother of three fascinating and fun young adults: David, Sarah, and Jonathan.
Shelly Freedenthal wants to help you create a California will- or trust-based plan that best serves you and your loved ones.
Everyone needs estate planning so that they can pass on their assets, values, and ideals in the way that they most desire. Yet, no one really wants to think about their own death or incapacity. You may have put off creating a plan for many years for just this reason.
Ms. Freedenthal understands the obstacles to estate planning, and she knows how easy it is to let it go. But she also knows how important planning can be.
Ms. Freedenthal will make the process as easy as possible by coming to your home or office, meeting on evenings and weekends, and allowing you to have your children and/or pets present if necessary.
Ms. Freedenthal will guide you through the planning process with compassion and respect. She will help you create a plan that gives you peace of mind.
Please contact us and get started on your plan today!