Founder & Attorney
Get to Know Joseph Adelizzi
I became a lawyer in 1984. Around this time, my 4 grandparents and my parents all asked me to prepare their estate plans. I figured it out and prepared an estate plan for them. One of my grandmothers had to go on kidney dialysis. In 1984, kidney dialysis was a very expensive procedure. I was able to figure out how to preserve her and my grandfather’s assets to allow her to get the care she needed without bankrupting them. When my grandparents passed away, two here and two in Florida, I was able to settle their estates within months while I was here in San Diego. My father was a 50-year smoker. When he was diagnosed with lung cancer and emphysema, I was able to put his documents in place to make sure he didn’t have to linger on a respirator at the end of his life.
As a lawyer I know the importance of proper estate planning documents, but I have also experienced their use first hand in my own family. I have seen them in action at the time when they are most needed. I know, first-hand, the “Thank God” feeling we got because they were in place when they were necessary.
I have been active in sports my whole life. I started competing in triathlons in 1987. My family is the most important thing in my life. I also knew that taking 100-mile bike rides or swimming long distance in the ocean had an element of risk. I also knew that the estate plan I had in place would ensure my wife and kid’s lifestyles would continue, uninterrupted, if something terrible happened to me on one of those rides or swims.
If you care about your family, you do what you can to protect them – even when you may not be there. At the Law Offices of Joseph Adelizzi, I can help you put documents in place that will protect you and your family too, just like I did for my family.
At the Law Offices of Joseph Adelizzi, I have been in practice since 1984, for 35 years. I am admitted to the California Supreme Court, the Federal District Court for the Southern and Central Districts and am admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court in all 50 states. I have developed an MCLE course for lawyers that I have taught in California, Florida and which has been approved in 23 other states on Retirement Planning. I started as a litigator for a law firm that defended insurance companies and became one of their top trial attorneys. Most estate planning lawyers have never seen the inside of a court room. I have had the opportunity to prove up a holographic Will and litigate Trust matters for clients because of contests or disputes. As a result of that experience, I have a different focus when I draft my client’s estate plans if they tell me they expect certain issues may arise. My philosophy is to protect my clients from the government intrusion into their personal affairs.