Planning for Life…with YOUR LOVE!

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Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, Esq.

Principal of AHAVA Law, P.C.

  • AHAVA Law, P.C. Boutique Estate, Trust, and Probate Law Firm
  • Main Office 5150 E. Candlewood St. Suite 10A
    Lakewood, CA 90712
  • OC Office 4299 MacArthur Blvd. Suite 211
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Mailing Address 4067 Hardwick St. Suite 127
    Lakewood, California 90712
  • E-mail
  • Phone 949 427 5249
  • Serving Lakewood, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Orange, Long Beach, Cerritos, Anaheim, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos
  • Availability By appointment

Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, Esq. Awarded for Excellence in Practice from California Lawyers Association

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Planning for Life…with your LOVE!

Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, Esq. is the Principal of AHAVA Law, P.C., and is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law, by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

Sheila-Marie is passionate about education and veterans. She practices in estate planning because of her experiences as a Clerk for the U.S. Air Force JAG corps, and as an elementary school science teacher with Teach for America. She firmly believes every Californian over the age of 18 needs a proper plan.

She is also a Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney. She launched the pro bono Estate Clinic at Veteran's Legal Institute. Sheila-Marie has been published multiple times in American Bar Association national magazines, has taught several Continuing Legal Education Courses, and frequently speaks at private and public events on the benefits of proper estate planning for individuals, families, and professionals.

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  • California Attorney
  • Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law
  • Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney
  • Super Lawyers ™ Rising Star 2018 - 2019


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LLM Taxation

Chapman University School of Law

Juris Doctorate

Washington & Lee University School of Law

International Law

University of Copenhagen

Masters of Education

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Bachelors of Arts

American University


2012 – 2019

Orange County Women Lawyers Association

Board of Directors
Executive Officer (2016-2019)

2011 – Present

Orange County Jewish Bar Association

Board of Directors
Executive Officer (2015 -Present)
President (2019)

2011 - 2016

Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

Committee Member
Education Chair (2014)

2014 - 2018

Orange County Bar Association Veterans & Military Committee

Committee Member
Vice Chair (2014-2018)
Chair (2019)

2016 – Present

Veteran's Legal Institute

Board of Directors


  • My business specializes in Probate & Trust real estate. I have dealt with many attorneys and Sheila-Marie stands out as one of the hardest working! Her commitment to not only her clients but also mentoring other young attorneys is what sets her apart. She has the process, procedures and legal expertise to offer her clients the highest level of service. I give Sheila-Marie my highest recommendation and look forward to our continued relationship with her firm.

    Jason Salata
    Jason Salata Trust Properties USA
  • Sheila-Marie and I worked together on a number of probate real estate litigations. She made multiple appearances in the LA and Orange County courts and achieved excellent results during oral argument. In fact, she achieved results that seemed impossible and against all odds. I attribute her success to her everlasting perseverance and fearless approach. Now, she is an excellent guide and mentor to me in the areas of Trust and Estate Planning. I look forward to working with her in the future and never hesitate to refer her clients.

    Tara Burd
    Tara Burd Probate, Trust and Business Litigator
  • Sheila-Marie Finkelstein is a compassionate, extremely knowledgeable attorney who genuinely cares about the well-being of her clients. I would whole-heartedly recommend her.

    Sharon Anderson
    Sharon Anderson Probate Attorney


  • Powers of Attorney, July 2016 – ABA GP/Solo
  • Estate Planning for Old Age and Incapacity, November 2015 – ABA GP/Solo
  • How to Become VA Accredited, March 2019 – ABA GP/Solo
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