About Us

Meet Marivel M. Zialcita, Founder of MMZ Law, a Professional Corporation

 

MARIVEL M. ZIALCITA has been an Attorney for over 15 years and is the founder of MMZ LAW, A Professional Corporation, where she practices in the areas of trust and estate, medi-cal asset protection planning, va benefits, conservatorship, special needs, trust administration and probate. Ms. Zialcita is Court Appointed Counsel in Conservatorship Matters for San Bernardino Superior Court representing individuals diagnosed with cognitive disabilities. This appointment is near and dear to her heart as she’s acted as Power of Attorney for her late father and currently acts as Power of Attorney for her uncle who has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s Disease.

She is a frequent speaker on trust and estate matters for the National Business Institute and has given in house seminars in the past for organizations such as New York Life, Mass Mutual, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and Chaffey Federal Credit Union. She currently sits on the Board for the Estate Planning Council of Pomona Valley, Community Senior Services and sits on the Advisor’s Council for the Community Foundation. She also assists in the pro bono legal services program at the James L. Brulte Senior Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California. She holds memberships in the State Bar of California, Trust and Estate Section, The San Bernardino County Bar Association, Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, San Gabriel Valley Bar Association, California Advocacy for Nursing Home Reform and the Philippine American Bar Association of Los Angeles County. She received her Bachelor in Arts degree from the University of California, in Irvine.

She graduated with honors in Sociology and completed her minor in Classical Civilization. She received her Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, ABA/AALS, of San Diego, California and was the recipient of the Dean Merit Scholarship. Marivel M. Zialcita strives to create value and a meaningful experience for all her clients. She is fully committed to best representing them with one hundred percent integrity. She strives to create a space of complete workability in order to deliver on her promise to stand for them in their LIFE and their LEGACY.

  • She Practices in the areas of Trust & Estates, Elder Law, Special Needs, Conservatorship, Trust Administration and Probate.
  • Ms. Zialcita Is a frequent speaker on Trust and Estate matter and holds memberships in the State Bar of California, Trust and Estate section, The San Bernardino County Bar Association, Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel and California Advocate for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR). She currently assist in the Pro Bono Legal Services Program at the James L. Brute Senior Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
  • She is based in Claremont and assists clients throughout Southern California. Prior to establishing her own practice, she worked as an associate counsel for two separate Southern California law firms for a total of thirteen years, assisting clients in all areas of Estate Planning, Elder Care and Probate Cases.
  • Ms. Zialcita received her B.A. Degree from the University of California, Irvine. She graduated with honors in Sociology and completed her minor in Classical Civilization. She received her J.D. from California Western School of Law, ABA/AALS, of San Diego, California and was the recipient of the Dean Merit Scholarship.

 

Meet Our Team
Soo J. Myland

SOO J. MYLAND is Of Counsel at MMZ LAW, A Professional Corporation, where she practices in the areas of estate planning and wealth preservation, business succession planning, special needs planning, Medi-Cal asset protection planning, trust administration, probate, conservatorships and guardianships.  Ms. Myland graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a concentration in Shakespeare Studies.  While in college, she studied abroad at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University in Cambridge, England as well as the Université de Rennes in Rennes, France.

She received her Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri and served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem through the school’s award-winning clinical education program.  Ms. Myland began her law career in Riverside, California at regional firms, Best Best & Krieger LLP and Varner & Brandt LLP.  After preparing and administering multiple estate plans with provisions for an individual’s or family’s pets, she decided to take a hiatus from the law to start a pet care services business with her late husband.  They opened UFURIA, located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in 2010, and now have a staff of 20 employees servicing thousands of pets throughout the Inland Empire.

Ms. Myland has recently returned to the practice of law with invaluable life experience to complement her professional experience, including creating, owning and operating a successful small business and undergoing the death of a spouse and business partner.   Ms. Myland is involved with a number of community, professional and philanthropic organizations and currently serves as a Board Member for the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care Foundation, and as a member of the Executive Advisory Council for Inland Empire United Way, Women United, the Fontana Police K-9 Pals, and the Pomona Valley Estate Planning Council.

She has also served on the Executive Advisory Council for The Community Foundation for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties as well as the San Bernardino County Estate Planning Council.  Ms. Myland is an active supporter of various animal charities and is particularly passionate about continuing on the legacy left by her late husband, an incredible dog trainer, animal lover, and advocate of pet rescue, adoption and responsible pet ownership.  She strives to assist others in ensuring that their life’s work, pursuits, achievements, possessions, passions and legacy continue on in the manner they intend and desire.

 

Wendy Smith

University of La Verne

Bachelor of Science, Paralegal Studies

 

Wendy Smith is a paralegal with over 30 years experience in Estate Planning, Probate, Conservatorship, and Trust Administration. She enjoys working with clients and their families throughout the process of planning and administering their estate(s). She has extensive experience in preparing accountings for court and out of court proceedings. She also is a Notary Public in the State of California.

Wendy is so passionate about what she does and how she cares for her clients, she is currently in the process of obtaining a license as a Professional Fiduciary and she plans to continue to help families with their personal and financial needs in that way as well.

 

Kylie Vanderwende 

Kylie attended the UCLA paralegal program in 2014 and has now been working in the Probate field for over 3 years. She is also a Notary Public and assist in executing all trust plans for the firm. Prior to her work in the legal field, Kylie was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from 2006-2010 where she completed two deployments to Iraq. In her thirst for knowledge, she is also currently enrolled in ASU and getting her degree in Political Science.

Kylie is very excited to join the firm in the capacity of Probate Paralegal so she can continue to assist clients in their time of need.

her email is kylie@mmzlawyer.com

phone number is (909) 256-6702

 

 

 

 

Samantha Nikac

Samantha joined MMZ Law in May 2018 as the Client Services Coordinator. With her can-do attitude and past administrative experience, Samantha will be helping clients engage with MMZ Law on a daily basis. Ensuring all pieces are in place for a fantastic client experience. Samantha will graduate from Azusa Pacific University in August 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonia Pena

Sonia joined the team in November 2016 as a Billing Assistant.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University of Los Angeles in May 2017. She has 10 years of billing and accounting experience in the legal field and primarily handles the billing and accounting in the office. She strives to provide efficient client service while meeting the client’s expectations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitney Mayo

Whitney Mayo, Community Service Coordinator & Notary Public

 

California State University, San Bernardino – BA, Political Science

University of Redlands – MA, Teaching and Learning

 

Whitney has worked alongside Ms. Zialcita since 2010 as legal support staff with added experience in Civil Litigation, Tax and Corporate Law. During that time Whitney obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from California State University, San Bernardino.  There her focuses were American political thought, foreign policy, and constitutional law. While working at MMZ Law, Ms. Mayo began pursuing a Master’s Degree to further her dream of working as a social justice advocate for students.

Whitney began a tradition of giving as a young girl donating goods for her grandparents’ missions to Baja California, Mexico.  Beginning in 2005, Whitney worked with K-12 students by volunteering with several non-profits, including the YMCA, Steven’s Hope, Model United Nations, and working in local schools. She continues to network and develop community outreach programs within the Claremont Village and Chamber of Commerce.