Ivette M. Santaella has considerable experience in estate planning, elder law, Special Needs, trust administration, conservatorships and nursing home abuse. She has been trained and is adding Collaborative Law for Estate Planning to her practice. She is knowledgeable in long term care and Medi-Cal planning. She has drafted numerous, trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney and other relevant estate planning documents, customized for the unique needs of her clients. Ms. Santaella has made various presentations regarding estate planning and elder law in community, library and chamber settings. She also volunteers her time in the Alcosta Senior Center to provide pro bono assistance to the elderly. She is an active member of the Contra County Bar Association, Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, NAELA and CANHR. She recently was named to the Board of Directors for the Ombudsman office for Contra Costa and Solano counties. Ms. Santaella graduated with honors from Fordham University in New York City. She worked for the city of New York in various management positions before attending law school in Washington, DC at the American University Washington College of Law. Subsequently, she obtained her MBA from the University of California at Irvine. She is fluent in Spanish.