Our team of probate attorneys has decades of combined experience in the world of estate litigation and plaintiff’s contingency practice. With a profound understanding of both the legal and human aspects of probate litigation and an unparalleled ability to achieve settlements through the exploration of every angle, we will fight to recover your rightful inheritance.
Our Inheritance Related Support Professionals
We are dedicated to connecting you with empathetic professionals who can provide financial and emotional support services related to inheritance disputes, including monetary advances on your expected inheritance, real estate brokers, mental and physical health professionals, financial advisors and fiduciary services.
I have too often witnessed people who are willing to manipulate the truth in order to serve themselves, completely avoid accountability for their actions. We are here to change that…We are here to help you stand up to the bullies in order to right the wrongs.
Inheritance disputes hit very close to home for Edward, whose own family was involved in a highly contentious and drawn-out conflict. Because he personally experienced the emotional and monetary heartache that comes with family disputes, he is especially keen to his clients’ needs.
Edward Terzian earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. After spending some time helping run his family small business, Edward obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA, where he earned High Honors in several courses, including Torts and Evidence. Edward was also invited for entry into the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society and was on the Dean’s Honor List throughout his tenure there. But if you ask Edward, he would tell you that his greatest achievement in law school was his fateful decision to set next to his now wife, Vanessa Terzian, on their first day of class!
Edward Terzian has been named a Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for every year since 2014. Prior to forming the Inheritance Recovery Attorneys, LLP, Edward was a founding partner of Terzian Law Partners, APC, with Vanessa (a prominent estate planning attorney), where he headed the Trust and Estate Litigation Department. He also handled all real estate and business matters for clientele. It is this background in business, real estate and probate, combined with his personal experience and human understanding, that places him in a unique position to successfully assist clients.
Edward and Vanessa have two boys, Alec and Jack, and their dog/bear, Bronson. If he’s not working or spending time with the family, you’ll likely find Edward punching his boxing bag in attempts to let off some steam.
Vanessa is a partner at Lagerlof Lawyers, LLP, one of longest standing law firms in all of Pasadena. She specializes in estate planning and trust and probate administration. Vanessa Terzian began her legal career as a trust officer for Wells Fargo, N.A., where her experience working closely with clients, portfolio managers, beneficiaries, and other attorneys, shed light on how a poor estate plan can ruin a family’s fortune and more importantly, its relationships.
After witnessing firsthand the importance of proper planning, Vanessa pursued her own practice, helping countless families through her expertise in estate and tax planning, probate, and trust administration.
In May 2018, Vanessa merged her practice with a Pasadena-based estate-planning firm, Primuth and Driskell, LLP, now known as Primuth, Driskell, and Terzian, LLP, which later merged with Lagerlof, LLP.
What sets Vanessa apart is her understanding of the needs of growing families, her ability to relate to working parents who desire a better life for themselves and their families, and her know-how in implementing strategic estate-planning tools in the most cost-efficient and seamless manner. Vanessa also draws on her real estate and business background in crafting comprehensive plans for her clients.
Vanessa is a skilled public speaker, having conducted countless seminars throughout her legal career on various estate-planning topics, including kids protection planning, special needs planning, Medi-Cal planning, advanced tax planning, and asset protection for individuals and small businesses. Vanessa is a faculty member at the Institute for Preparing Heirs®.
Vanessa graduated from Loyola Law School, where she earned a scholarship for her academic excellence and community service. She has also served as an adjunct professor of Wills and Trusts at Southwestern Law School, and has been named a top attorney in Pasadena Magazine, and a Rising Star™ by Super Lawyers®, for the past several years.
Vanessa is an active member of the La Cañada Flintridge community, where she resides with her husband, Edward, and two sons, Alec and Jack. She is a board director of the La Cañada Education Foundation and participates in a number of charitable organizations. Vanessa has successfully raised thousands of dollars for a variety of charitable causes through fundraising campaigns, which include frequent community-based public speaking events, charitable dinners, and personal contributions. She believes that the foundation to a successful family unit is care, love, and selflessness, and she stresses the importance of providing your community with these same tenets that are so essential to your own family’s success.
As a family woman, Vanessa understands the importance of protecting assets, planning for the future, and building your own legacy. She takes pride in providing her clients with the sense of comfort and security that comes along with having an effective and comprehensive estate plan in place.