Leah E. DeLancey


Costa Mesa
T +1.714.966.8801
F +1.714.754.6611


Leah DeLancey's practice is focused on estate planning and trust, estate and probate administration, including the development of estate and incompetency plans for the preservation of family wealth, succession of family businesses, charitable planning, and advising fiduciaries on complex tax and administration issues, as well as trust and estate litigation.

Leah is currently an adjunct professor at Chapman University School of Law in the LL.M. Taxation Program and was formerly an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University of Law (1998 to 2002). She wrote "Financing the Estate Tax Burden," Apparel News, May 30-June 5, 1997, and "Do Not Let the Death of a Defendant Bury Your Case," California Litigator, Volume 12, Number 1 (1998), a publication of the California Bar Association, and she co-authored "Community Property Traps in Revocable Trust Planning," presented at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting (August 1994).

Recognitions and Memberships


  • Estate Planning and Trust Council of Long Beach
  • American Bar Association: Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar: Trusts and Estates Section
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association: Trusts and Estates Section




  • Chapman University School of Law LL.M. Taxation Program: Adjunct Professor


  • California, 1990


  • J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1986