Samuel B. Ledwitz, J.D., LL.M.

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Samuel B. Ledwitz is an Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar.

Samuel attended Pepperdine University School of Law, where he earned his law degree (J.D.) with an emphasis in the areas of estate and income tax. Next, Samuel attended The University of Miami School of Law, where he earned his Post-Doctorate Degree (LL.M.) in Estate Planning.

After earning his LL.M., Sam returned to Southern California to join one of the area’s largest estate planning firms, where he helped over 1,000 clients provide for their families through responsible wealth transfers from one generation to the next. Sam also relied on his significant tax law expertise to advise clients with high net worth on sophisticated tax strategies designed to maximize the assets received by their families.

Sam realized that he could do more to help his clients, and in 2006, he started his own firm. Within a year, Sam merged with one of the biggest firms in Southern California: Bezaire & Associates. In 2010, the merged firm became known as Bezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp. Under this name, the firm continues to offer quality legal services with respect and compassion.

Sam is a three-time winner of the prestigious Five Star Wealth Manager Award and is recognized as a Superb Rated Attorney by the AVVO attorney rating service. Sam has appeared in several national and local periodicals receiving praise for his work, including Newsweek Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and the Torrance Daily Breeze. Sam is an active member of the Los Angeles, Long Beach and South Bay Trust and Estate Planning Councils. Sam married his wife Kamila in 2003. They are the proud parents of Emily and Charles.

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Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar     2009–present
U.S. Court of Federal Claims     2008–present
U.S. Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit     2008–present
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California     2008–present
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California     2008–present
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California     2008–present
U.S. Supreme Court Bar     2008–present
U.S. Tax Court     2008–present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section     2000–present
State Bar of California     1998–present
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California       1998–present

Professional Associations

Beverly Hills Bar Association     2011–present
Long Beach Bar Association     2011–present
Long Beach Trust and Estate Council      2011–present
Los Angeles Trust and Estate Council     2011–present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys     2011–present
Pasadena Bar Association     2011–present
Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners     2011–present
South Bay Bar Association (LA)     2011–present
Los Angeles County Bar Association     2010–present
South Bay Estate and Trust Council     2010–present

Charitable Work
In addition to helping families through the practice of law, Samuel has always had a passion for helping others by teaching. While at Pepperdine, Sam served as the student director of the South Central Los Angeles Youth Development Project.

Samuel coordinated its entire tutoring program, overseeing the education and mentoring of children in need of academic guidance. Sam also became a licensed substitute teacher while at Pepperdine, and taught history and English night school classes to academically-challenged students for a local school district. It was through this experience teaching disadvantaged youth that Samuel became interested in supporting charities that help children.

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Samuel’s charitable work motivated him to learn about estate planning techniques that would not only help the client, but the community as a whole. Sam currently helps his community by acting as a planned giving coordinator for former NFL player Marvin Smith’s Unity of Life Foundation and the Micro-Enterprise Charter Academy (MECA). The Firm also proudly sponsors local youth athletics, including the Torrance Girls Youth Softball League.

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