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Sheila-Marie Finkelstein

Attorney At Law

undefinedSheila-Marie Finkelstein is an Associate Attorney at the Irvine and Corona branches of Holstrom, Block & Parke, joining the firm after four years of practice. She was admitted to practice law by the State Bar of California in 2011.

Sheila-Marie is a Southern California native who has studied domestically and internationally. She has lived/studied in Washington, D.C., Nevada, Virginia, California, Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Sheila-Marie was an educator with Teach for America.

As a clerk for the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Office and as in-house counsel for a community hospital, Sheila-Marie has seen first-hand the importance of effective, thorough estate planning. Sheila-Marie believes that estate planning should be accessible for every person, whether that is a member of the military, a teacher, nurse or a small business owner, regardless of the size of their estate or the extent of their assets. As part of the estate planning team, Sheila-Marie works closely with clients to help them understand the complexities of proper estate planning and administration so they can have peace of mind that their wishes will be carried out and that their loved ones will be protected.

Sheila-Marie views her relationships with her clients as long-term relationships and firmly believes that estate planning is planning for life and one of the greatest gifts we can give to our loved ones. She helps families navigate life’s most difficult and emotional issues with grace and empathy.

Between her practice, continuing education and leadership positions, Sheila-Marie does not have any “free time.” If she did she would enjoy spending it with her husband and puppies, traveling and practicing yoga and Pilates.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Power of Attorney
  • Advance Health Care Directive
  • Trust Administration
  • Probate
  • Small Estate Non-Probate Administration
  • Conservatorship

Bar Admission

  • California, 2011

Education

American University

  • Bachelors of Arts, Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics & Government, 2006

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction, 2008

Washington & Lee University School of Law

  • Juris Doctorate, 2011

University of Copenhagen School of Law

  • International Law Student (Exchange Program), 2010

Chapman University, Fowler School of Law

  • L.LM – Taxation & Advanced Estate Planning, In Progress

Honors and Awards

  • Proclamation Recognition Award, City of Corona, 2015
  • 3rd Year Service Award, Washington & Lee University, 2011
  • Honor Advocate, Washington & Lee University, 2010-2011
  • Volunteer Recognition, Orange County Bar Association, 2014-2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Jewish Bar Association, Director 2013-2015, Secretary 2016
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association, Director 2016
  • OCBA Veteran & Military Committee (“VetCom”), Vice Chair 2016
  • OCBA Young Lawyers Division, Education Chair 2014
  • OCBA Trusts & Estates
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Southern California Business Networking International – Platinum Club, Vice President 2015-2016
  • American Bar Association
  • California Women Lawyers
  • OC Young T&E Attorney’s Lunch & Learn, Founder

Publications