About Us

At the Law Offices of Martin T. Yarnell, we take a personal approach to the practice of law. What do we mean by a “personal approach?” We take the time to get to know you—your concerns, your hopes for the future, the legacy you would like to leave to loved ones and the institutions that mean the most to you. We accomplish this by asking the right questions, and then using our experience and knowledge of the law to find solutions that are ideal for you. We explain your options in a way you can understand.

In short, we don’t just fill out paperwork for you and send you on your way. We strive to serve as your counselors for life.

Martin T. Yarnell, J.D.

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Martin Yarnell has been practicing law for more than 25 years. After graduating from Southwestern University School of Law’s innovative SCALE program (the only American Bar Association-approved, two-year, full-time accelerated law school curriculum), Martin joined a large firm in Los Angeles. While he gained valuable experience, he soon realized that the large-firm environment, where billable hours often take precedence over client interests and personal service, was not for him.

When the opportunity arose to establish his own firm, he leapt at the chance.

As an independent practitioner, Martin limits the size of his practice in order to fully meet the needs of each and every client. This approach is particularly important in estate planning. Martin believes the most effective plans are the result of close collaboration between attorney and client, as well as the client’s existing accountant, financial professional, and other trusted advisors.

Marty married his college sweetheart Caryn. Together they are the proud parents of twin girls Martin is active in the community.  He has served for many years in youth soccer as a board member and referee, and as a club and high school soccer coach for his daughters’ teams.

Martin welcomes you to contact his firm for a personal meeting and the opportunity to provide you with personalized service for years to come.

Contact Westlake Village Estate Planning Attorney Martin T. Yarnell

To schedule a consultation with Martin, call 805-230-2930 or fill out the contact form on this site. We serve clients in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California.

Our planning process

Protecting everyone you love and everything you own is no small task. Over the course of over 25 years, we have perfected a process that allows us to meet our clients’ goals in an efficient, cost-effective manner. While every situation is unique, our clients tell us that our four-step planning process is both helpful and reassuring.

officeInitial Consultation

We offer prospective clients a complimentary initial consultation. During this meeting we will discuss your goals and suggest possible legal solutions.

Design Meeting

The design meeting typically lasts two to three hours. You will describe your needs, plans and goals. We explain and design a plan with specific provisions to meet these needs and goals. After this meeting, we begin drafting the agreed upon plan.

Review and Signing of Documents

Approximately three to four weeks after the design meeting, we will have a follow-up meeting during which you sign documents and implementation of the plan begins. During this meeting, we will thoroughly explain the planning documents, explain how to fund trusts (if any), and provide instructions on how to complete the funding process. Or, if you wish, we will be happy to handle the funding for you.

Ongoing Client Care

At the Law Offices of Martin T. Yarnell, the signing of documents is not considered the end of our relationship with clients. We encourage clients to contact our office whenever they have questions about any aspect of their planning. We strive to serve as our clients’ counselors for life.