Estate Planning at its finest!
MMZ Law is a boutique law firm that specializes in trust and estate, elder law, Medi-Cal asset protection planning, veterans’ affairs benefits, conservatorship, special needs, trust administration and probate.
Founded in 2016, our practice has evolved from a sole practitioner to a cooperative business group equipped with knowledgeable professionals. We are known as seasoned experts in our field and go beyond protecting your legacy, we become your family. We seek to safeguard all people, most especially, those who do not have the capacity to protect themselves. We look generationally to be of service and deepen our relationships with our clients and their families, so that as life changes, they are never alone. We are MMZ Law! We will defend you, because YOU deserve it!
Meet Our Attorneys
Founder / Attorney at Law
Marivel M. Zialcita has been an attorney for over 20 years and is the founder of MMZ Law. After years in the legal profession, Marivel had a vision to establish a boutique law firm where she could make a true impact in the lives of others. More than that, she wanted to serve families, seniors, special needs and those unable to protect themselves. Since opening her firm, Marivel has demonstrated a true devotion to her clients. She is a well-recognized figure among her colleagues and has come to be known as a powerful attorney who is steadfast, yet humble and eager to serve others. She is also a frequent speaker on trust and estate matters for the National Business Institute and has given in-house seminars for New York Life and Mass Mutual, among many others. She is a vibrant part of her community and is a board member for such organizations as the Estate Planning Council of Pomona Valley. Attorney Zialcita is fully committed to the protection of your life, your legacy and your family. She will defend you and all that you love! She is the heart and soul of MMZ Law.
Partner / Attorney at Law
Soo J. Myland is an attorney at MMZ Law who specializes in estate planning, family and business succession planning, wealth preservation, special needs planning, trust administration, probate conservatorships and guardianships. She works alongside Marivel to ensure their clients fulfill meaningful charitable giving, tax efficient wealth transfers and tax elections, among other effects. Well versed in different cultures and international travel, she is involved in several community, professional and philanthropic organizations. Soo serves as a Board Member for the San Antonio Regional Hospital Foundation and the Executive Advisory Council for Inland Empire United Way, among many others. She is a philanthropist, with a passion for animal charities and a heart to protect the defenseless. At MMZ Law, she seeks to ensure that her clients’ life work, pursuits, achievements, possessions, passions and legacy continue long after they have passed. Protection of their legacy and loved ones is her life’s work. She is essential to the MMZ Law team.
Professional Fiduciary Expert
Wendy Smith has been a licensed Professional Fiduciary with the State of California since 2018. She is also a National Certified Guardian with the Center for Guardianship. With over 36 years of experience as a Paralegal in Estate Planning, Probate, Conservatorship and Trust Administration, she brings a superior level of expertise in all that she undertakes. At MMZ Law she is a financial manager, professional decision-maker and advocate for her clients. She ensures their financial and personal needs are met, most particularly, when they can no longer control those aspects of their life. She supports the mental and emotional well-being of her clients, reduces their stress in life-changing circumstances and helps them enjoy their families and a fulfilling life. She prepares estate planning documents, accounts for court and non-court proceedings and is qualified to act as a Trustee, Conservator, Estate Administrator, Healthcare Representative and an Agent under a Power of Attorney. She is a vital part of the MMZ Law team.
Kylie Vanderwende is a Probate Paralegal with the MMZ Law team. She is also a Notary Public and assists in executing all trust plans for the firm. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, she completed two deployments in Iraq and fought for freedom and the protection of our country. Today she brings a similar sense of protection to MMZ Law and seeks to defend and assist her clients in their time of need. She has a thirst for knowledge and is continuing her growth and education, while serving others. She is invaluable to MMZ Law.
With over 24 years of experience Advocating for Seniors and their loved ones, Rose Pedroza has helped thousands of families qualify for Medi-Cal benefits while protecting their assets. In her career, Rose has worked closely with attorneys in the fields of Estate Planning and Elder Law. In 2016, Rose obtained her Life, Health & Disability Insurance License. At MMZ Law, Rose is an advocate for the elderly, and is a member of a variety of professional associations, including CANHR (California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform), the SSG Foundation for Seniors, the Citrus Estate Planning Council in Azusa, among others. She learned firsthand the challenges facing elderly care while she cared for her grandmother in the last remaining years of her life. She brings heart and passion to defending the helpless and continually enhances the practice of Elderly Law at our firm by attending annual conferences and staying abreast of the latest changes and challenges happening in this legal area. She is a fundamental part of our nurturing spirit at MMZ Law.
Sonia Pena joined the MMZ Law Firm in 2016 as a Billing Assistant. She has over 10 years of billing and accounting experience in the legal field, and primarily handles our day-to-day billing and accounting needs. She provides the highest level of client service and satisfaction, meeting and exceeding the client’s expectations. She is nurturing and understanding of the tough situations our clients face and she works alongside the MMZ legal team, to ensure that their legacy and all that they love is protected. She is a passionate member of MMZ Law.
Armabella “Bella” Domingo comes to us with years of call center and customer service experience. She has transitioned in-house here at MMZ Law to encompass all aspects of client services. She is the first person all potential clients speak to and manages their experience with us from the start of their case to closure. As the client coordinator, she manages all calls, meetings, and hearings not only for the client, but for all attorneys and staff members. This is no easy feat, and she has proven that keeping everyone engaged in a workable space and meaningful way is her superpower.
For many years both my husband and I discussed getting a Living Trust, but never got around to it until we really started to question what can happen to what we have worked so hard to accomplished throughout our lives. We were referred to Marivel by our legal plan and that was the best decision ever to go with her. Marivel explained everything to us, of course, we came in thinking we knew it all and realized we really needed help, by the time everything was done we were presented with our Living Trust. We were amazed by the items that were included that we didn’t even think or would have known to ask about. We were so pleased with it all and we walked out of her office with a huge weight off our shoulders and the peace of mind that everything would be ok. I carry her business cards with me and hand them out to anyone that talks about getting a will. I highly, highly recommend her to everyone.
Marivel helped us multiple times for various estate/trust planning. She was always very knowledgeable, responsive, and professional. Marivel covered every angle and laid out all of our options for us so that we could make the best decision for our family. She handled the entire process in a timely manner and her follow up was great. Once everything was completed, she still checked in with us after to see if we had additional questions. We highly recommended Marivel to others as well and they were all very happy with her services.
My family had a situation come up to where they needed their Living Trust looked over. A so-called family member had drawn up a Trust for us. We thought everything we had was covered in these documents. Our house, money that we saved, stocks & bonds would have been left to this so-called family member. Marivel worked fast and diligently on revising our Trust. She took care of us as if we were her own family. My family loves her to death! So, for those of you who need a real professional attorney to handle your family’s estate Marivel Zialcita is that ATTORNEY!
When my mother got diagnosed with a terminal disease, my brother and I were so lost. Family and friends told us we needed to get my mother’s affairs in order, yet we did not know the process let alone the first step. That is when Marivel came in. My boyfriend had recommended me to her and I called her right away. She made it so easy for us and she came to our home to set everything up. She explained everything we needed to make sure we were all taken care of. She put our minds at ease so my brother and I can focus on the most important thing – to spend as much time we had left with our mother. Thank you, Marivel for all you did for our family. Not only were you available every time we had questions, you were so professional and willing to help. Best of all, you showed us compassion. You treated us as if we were your own family and not just a client.
Ms. Zialcita was extremely helpful to our family, guiding us through comprehensively putting our affairs together professionally, thoughtfully, and with empathy. We’re grateful to benefit from the depth of Ms. Zialcita’s experience and quite pleased with her services. We happily refer friends/family to her when they’re in need of similar services.
I am very pleased with the prompt expertise given to my Family by Marivel M. Zialcita founder of MMZ LAW. I live in Columbus Ohio and needed assistance for preparation of legal documents pertaining to affairs regarding my sick Father, who lives in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Marivel and her staff exceeded my expectations. Marivel and her staff were very accommodating to my Father and I. On very short notice she prepared and thoroughly explained all legal documents and corresponding procedures. In addition, since I live out of state, timely correspondence is a very important regarding feedback. Marivel has been prompt with answering all of my questions and great on follow ups with me. I would definitely refer MMZ Law to friends and family. Thank You for the assistance and support extended to my family and I.
Marivel and her team are who you want working for you when the times get tough. She is very knowledgeable and truly cares about helping her clients understand the whole process. Estate planning can become a headache for a family, but she streams line the process and helped us understand the steps needed to take. She is very knowledgeable in Elder Law and I highly recommend her to everyone.
My husband and I are so fortunate to have found Marivel. After having our second child, we felt it was important to have a living will and trust. Being new at this, we needed someone who would patiently guide us. Marivel guided us, explaining the process well and answering all of our questions. She made us feel comfortable throughout the entire time.