Barbara L. Taaff was the first associate attorney to join the firm in 2004. She has extensive experience in estate planning, probate and trust administration, special needs trusts, conservatorships for both incapacitated and developmentally disabled adults, and elder law, including Medi-Cal planning for long term care benefits. Barbara is certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She serves her clients in a timely, client-oriented manner, focusing on each client’s background, needs, and goals.
Barbara was selected as a 2020 Southern California “Super Lawyer” in Estate Planning & Probate, a distinction earned by only 5% of attorneys in Southern California who exhibit excellence in practice. She is currently a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and has served as President of the Woodland Hills Tax and Estate Planning Council, the San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council, and the Southern California Council of Elder Law Attorneys.
Barbara earned her Bachelor of Science degree with honors from California State University, Northridge, and was first in her class at the University of La Verne College of Law where she graduated summa cum laude. There she served on Law Review for two years as senior staff writer. Prior to joining Kenneth E. Devore & Associates, she worked as a research attorney for the Superior Court of California in Santa Monica and also practiced in the area of community association law and other real estate related matters. She worked fifteen years as a probate paralegal prior to becoming an attorney.
When not at work, you can find Barbara on the hiking trail, in the garden, or curled up with a good book and her two cats, listening to her favorite music. She enjoys traveling, both internationally and domestically, and cherishes the time she gets to spend with her two daughters and five grandchildren.