San Diego Elder Law Attorneys and Staff


Steven M. Ratner is the founder of Ratner & Pinchman, PC. Steven M. Ratner is certified in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and is the Author of a chapter in the CEB treatise “Complete Plans for Small and Mid-Size Estates.”  The Chapter is entitled:  “Estate Planning for Clients Facing Future Long-Term Care Costs.”  The CEB is a program of the University of California that is cosponsored by the State Bar of California.


California attorneys Certified as specialists must pass a written examination in their specialty field, demonstrate a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfill ongoing education requirements and be favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.


Steven M. Ratner graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law where he was first in his class, a member of the Order of the Coif, and an Associate Editor of the Oregon Law Review. Mr. Ratner received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law where he was a Student Editor of the Tax Law Review and the recipient of the Harry J. Rudnick Memorial Award.


Mr. Ratner's work experience includes a one-year clerkship with the Honorable Herbert Y.C. Choy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Mr. Ratner is the Chair Elect of the Board of Directors of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities.


Steven M. Ratner served as an Adjunct Professor of the San Diego State University Seminar in Estate Planning. The seminar is part of the CFP Board Registered Executive Financial Planner Program.


Mr. Ratner is admitted to practice in California and New York. Mr. Ratner is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, and is a member, and former co-chair of the Elder Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.


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Maya M. Pinchman graduated from University of California San Diego in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She received her J.D. degree in 2010 from California Western School of Law, graduating magna cum laude.


While in law school Ms. Pinchman received Academic Achievement Awards in Trial Practice and Professional responsibility & negotiations. Moreover, Ms. Pinchman tutored first year law students, helping them improve their knowledge, and test taking abilities, of first year subjects.


In 2010 Ms. Pinchman joined the Law Office of Steven M. Ratner practicing estate planning and elder law. In 2012 Ms. Pinchman became partner and the firm was renamed Ratner & Pinchman, PC. Ratner & Pinchman handles all estate planning and transactional elder law matters. 


Ms. Pinchman is Member at Large of the Elder Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association and was co-chair of the section for the 3 prior years.


Her nurturing and patient demeanor makes clients feel informed, comfortable and confident that they are taken care of.


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Emigdio Lopez-AcostaAdministrative Assistant, graduated from University of California San Digeo in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology-Law and Society and a Business Minor in Organizational Behavior.