About San Diego Elder Law Center

The San Diego Elder Law Center was founded in 1997 by San Diego attorney Philip P. Lindsley to better serve the legal needs of San Diego county's elder and disabled communities, their families, and caregivers. Mr. Lindsley has more than 33 years of experience in disability and Medi-Cal planning, conservatorships, trust & estate planning, special needs trusts and probate. He limits his practice to these areas. Mr. Lindsley has been designated a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. This specialization in Elder Law is accredited by the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He is one of only two certified specialists in Elder Law in San Diego County. He is also a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate, and an Accredited Veterans Administration Attorney.   Mr. Lindsley is a native San Diegan. He did his undergraduate and graduate work in Psychology at San Diego State University, graduating with honors. He received his Juris Doctorate from USD School of Law in 1980.

Philip Lindsley is also a former Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, having taught primarily in the area of conservatorship, disability, and mental health law. He is a popular speaker before professional groups and the general public He is active in the State and local Bar Associations, and in the legal community. A complete professional Vitae is available upon request.


Our Mission: San Diego Elder Law Center is devoted to protecting the financial resources, legal rights and dignity of the elderly, disabled, and special needs individuals, as well as their families and caregivers.

Our Guiding Principles:

  1. We will preserve and protect our clients’ legal rights, financial security and dignity to the maximum degree possible within the law and our high ethical standards.
  2. We will know the rules and regulations for public benefits programs our clients may be eligible for, and assist them in qualifying or maintaining their eligibility.
  3. Our staff will provide exemplary customer service.

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