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Mark Abbott Lester

Mark Abbott Lester


Estate and Probate Lawyer
Camarillo, CA
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Mark A. Lester is a California Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law with an emphasis in trusts & estates litigation. He also has substantial experience with business transactions, business litigation, taxation, and real property law. Mr. Lester has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell for maintaining the highest standards of professional and ethical excellence in the legal community.

In a career spanning over 38 years, Mr. Lester is widely recognized for his legal achievements. He has been certified as an estate planning, trust, and probate law specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is currently serving as one of 7 members of the Board of Trustees of the California Board of Legal Specialization after 5 years of service as one of the nine (9) appointed commissioners on the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, Estate Planning Law Advisory Commission, which is responsible for writing, administering and grading the certification examination and approving the application for California attorneys seeking to become California Certified Specialists in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. In 2015 through 2019, Mr. Lester has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer™ in Estate & Trust Litigation, in 2015 and 2018 in Estate Planning & Probate, and in 2018 in Corporate and Business areas of the law.

On twelve (12) separate occasions during the period 2003 to 2019, Mr. Lester has taught continuing legal educations courses for National Business Institute (“NBI”) in the areas of estate planning, will drafting, trusts and estates administration, and estate planning and recovery for elderly clients. From 2012 through May 2019, Mr. Lester has presented or co-presented programs entitled “No Certificate of Independent Review – Can the Gift to a Prohibited Transferee Otherwise be Salvaged”, “Trust Attorneys Fees and the Non-Participating Litigation Beneficiary,” “Do You Know Who Your Children Are? Determining Parentage in Probate and Trust Administration Cases,” “To Have and to Hold Out or Is DNA Enough to Claim Your Inheritance,” “Certificates of Independent Review & Gifts to Care Custodians,” “Effectively Using Petitions to Compel Accountings and to Appoint Neutral Trustees to Resolve Trust Disputes,” “Surcharges and Sanctions: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” and “Ethically Managing an Estate Planning Practice” to the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Ventura County Bar Association, North San Diego County Bar Association, Woodland Hills Tax & Estate Planning Council, and San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council.

Mr. Lester has an established reputation in the legal community as a respected trial attorney. His reported cases include Christie v. Kimball (2012) 202 Cal.App.4th 1407, Estate of Odian(2006) 145 Cal.App.4th 152, Askari v. R&R Land Company(1986) 179 Cal.App.3d 1101. Mr. Lester serves from time to time as Judge Pro Tem for the Probate Department of the Ventura County Superior Court and as a Voluntary Settlement Officer through the San Fernando Valley Bar Association for the Probate Department of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.


Practice Areas

 
Estate and Probate Law (51%)
 
Trusts (11%)
 
Business Law (9%)
 
Wills (8%)
 
Estate Planning (8%)
 
Probate (8%)
 
Elder Law (5%)
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Résumé - Mark Abbott Lester

Bar Licenses

California State Bar
California
Member in Good Standing
1981

Work Experience

Jones, Lester, Schuck, Becker & Dehesa, LLP
Managing Partner
2019

Jones & Lester, LLP
Managing Partner
20012019

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Education

Boston University
Boston University
LLM (Taxation)
1981

Seattle University School of Law
Seattle University School of Law
JD
1980

Stanford University
Stanford University
BA (Economics)
1977

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Specialty Certifications

State Bar of California
Board Certified Specialist
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
State Bar of California

Associations

Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member
Los Angeles County Bar Association
1986

California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section
Member
California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section

California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section
Member
California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section

Member
Ventura County Bar Association
2001

Member
State Bar of California
1981

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Awards & Honors

AV-Preeminent
Martindale Hubbell
2019

Southern California Super Lawyer - Estate & Trust Litigation
Super Lawyers
2019

AV-Preeminent
Martindale Hubbell
2018

Southern California Super Lawyer - Estate Planning
Super Lawyers
2018

Southern California Super Lawyer - Corporate and Business Law
Super Lawyers
2018

Southern California Super Lawyer - Estate & Trust Litigation
Super Lawyers
2018

AV-Preeminent
Martindale Hubbell
2017

Southern California Super Lawyer - Estate & Trust Litigation
Super Lawyers
2017

Southern California Super Lawyer - Estate & Trust Litigation
Super Lawyers
2016

AV-Preeminent
Martindale Hubbell
2016

Southern California Super Lawyer - Estate & Trust Litigation
Super Lawyers
2015

Southern California Super Lawyer - Estate Planning
Super Lawyers
2015

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Commercial Recognitions

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion
2020

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Contact Mark Abbott Lester

Mark Abbott Lester

771 E Daily Dr # 230
Camarillo, CA 93010
www.joneslester.com
Office: 805-604-2655
Fax: 805-604-2656

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Bar Membership Information

California Bar Membership -

Mark Abbott Lester - Profile information with the State Bar of California - Find more information about Mark Abbott Lester on the State Bar of California website, including: current status, actions affecting eligibility to practice law and disciplinary history.


Specialty Certification Information

Estate and Probate Law Certification -

CBLS Board Certification in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law - Lawyers certified in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization have demonstrated substantial involvement in this area of practice.


The CBLS defines the term "estate planning, trust and probate law" as the practice of law dealing with:


  • "the creation, protection and disposition of a client's assets, during life and upon and after death, in accordance with the client's expressed desires;

  • the tax and family relationship consequences of the client's acts and desires;

  • the preparation of wills, trusts and other documents to carry out the client's desires;

  • the administration of estates and trusts (such as necessary court or non-court procedures; tax reporting, payment of tax and tax audits; and management and transfer of assets); and

  • the protection of the property and provision for the personal needs of individuals unable to handle their own affairs by reason of age, illness or other incapacity."

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