Trust & Estates, Elder Law, and Probate Attorney

MARIVEL M. ZIALCITA is the founder of MMZ LAW, A Professional Corporation, where she practices in the areas of Trust and Estate, Elder Law (Medi-Cal Asset Preservation Planning), Special Needs, Conservatorship, Trust Administration and Probate. Ms. Zialcita is a frequent speaker on trust and estate matters and holds memberships in the State Bar of California, Trust and Estate Section, The San Bernardino County Bar Association, Wealth Counsel and Elder Counsel. She currently assists in the pro bono legal services program at the James L. Brulte Senior Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Ms. Zialcita received her B.A. degree from the University of California, in Irvine. She graduated with honors in sociology and completed her minor in classical civilization. She received her J.D. 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 and her team at MMZ LAW strive to create value and a meaningful experience for all our clients.


University of California - Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697
BA - Bachelor of Arts - 1998
California Western School of Law, 225 Cedar St, San Diego, CA 92101
JD - Juris Doctor - 2002

Career Highlights

  • Dean Merit Award - California Western School of Law - 2002
Legal Resources
Wills vs. Trusts, Estate Planning.
January 26, 2018 - Marivel Zialcita

Let’s face it, if you’re not an estate planning attorney, these concepts tend to remain merely that – concepts. So, if you’re “fuzzy” about wills and trusts, know that you are not alone. After we show you the difference between these two documents, we’ll tell you why a trust is the better choice.

How and why life insurance still matters in trust & estate planning
January 26, 2018 - Marivel Zialcita

A frequently overlooked aspect of a client’s life insurance is proper alignment with estate planning goals. Between the typical set-it-and-forget-it mentality and a simple beneficiary approach many people take, a neglected life insurance policy often fails to achieve the goals that initially led to the purchase of the policy.


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