About Us


Judd Matsunaga is a Los Angeles based attorney and founding partner of Elder Law Services of California, a Professional Law Corporation. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Matsunaga operates a full service real estate company as a Licensed Real Estate Broker - JM Properties.

Mr. Matsunaga graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics and then from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. His career includes employment with Magana, Cathcart & McCarthy, a large Century City plaintiff’s law firm, and with Barth, Green & Kelly, a real estate defense firm.
Currently, Mr. Matsunaga specializes in Elder Law, which includes Medi-Cal planning, Estate Planning, Probate, and is a noted speaker and published writer on the topics of: (1) Estate Planning; and (2) Medi-Cal planning for Long-Term care.
Mr. Matsunaga is also available to speak at Senior Centers, Retirement Homes, Nursing Homes, as well as other civic organizations throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and San Diego Counties.
In addition to his business pursuits, Mr. Matsunaga is active with several religious organizations, and is an avid golfer and amateur magician.



Joel O. Martinez graduated from California State University at Fullerton, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He then obtained his law degree from Western State University, School of Law.

Mr. Martinez has been a participating attorney for over twenty years.

He has an extensive experience in handling Bankruptcy, Family Law, Personal Injury, and Medi-Cal Planning.

Prior to joining the law firm of Matsunaga, Martinez, & Madala, LLP., Mr. Martinez was in sole practice. He had a general practice in which the majority of his clientele was Spanish-speaking. He was also actively involved in providing pro-bono legal services to the economically disadvantaged.
Mr. Martinez is bilingual with fluency in Spanish.


Joel O. Martinez se graduo de California State University, Fullerton despues obtengo su doctorado en derecho de Western State University, College of Law.

El senor Martinez es un abogado que cuenta con mas de 20 anos de experencia. El tiene bastante experencia en casos de Bancarota, Divurcios, Danos Personales, y Medi-Cal Planamiento.

Antes de ser un miembro del bufete de Matsunaga, Martinez, & Madala, LLP., el senor Martinez practicaba en su propria oficina. El tenia una practica general donde la mayoria de su clientela era personas de habla hispana. El senor Martinez era activo en su comunidad, especialmente dando servicios legales pro-bono a personas de bajos recursos.

El senor Martinez es bi-lingue y habla espanol.




Mr. Madala graduated from Northwestern University where he majored in political science. He obtained his law degree and masters in business taxation degree from the University of Southern California.

Mr. Madala practices in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, elder law, probate, conservatorships, guardianships, business succession planning, asset protection planning, estate and gift taxation, business litigation, probate litigation, business transactions, real estate transactions, business/individual taxation, business entity formation and securities.

Mr. Madala is also a California licensed real estate broker. Prior to joining Matsunaga, Martinez & Madala, LLP, Mr. Madala worked at various law firms in Los Angeles and Orange County.


» Frequently Asked Questions       

What if the estate is worth more than $20,000?

If the deceased person’s assets exceed $20,000 or real estate is part of the estate, probate or administration must be used. However, if the value of the deceased person’s assets subject to probate is less than $50,000 exclusive of liens, a special petition to the court by beneficiary or heirs may allow distribution without further proceedings. The only person allowed access to the deceased person’s assets will be the court-appointed Administrator or Executor will receive a document called “Letters of Testmentary” or “Articles of Administration” which will be issued by the court, and outlines the Administrator’s or Executor’s authority and responsibility.

Is the Administrator or Executor of an estate personally liable for the deceased person’s debts?

No, not normally. However, the Executor or Administrator is obligated to act in the best interests of the estate and its beneficiaries. It is advisable to consult with an attorney regarding the duties and obligations of an Executor or Administrator prior to accepting that responsibility.


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