About Us

The Law Office of Matthew C. Yu is committed to excellence in all aspects of Estate Planning. An attorney meets with each and every client to evaluate their needs, wishes and desires. Our goal is to ensure every client gets the personal attention they deserve.

We work with clients who require a basic will, as well as, clients with larger estates who need Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Advanced Trusts and Private Foundations to minimize and, in some cases, eliminate Estate and Inheritance Tax. Most clients we have worked with have found that our personal approach is second to none. They understand that not only have they created an Estate Plan, but gained a consultant and resource for life.


Matthew Yu is efficient and professional, yet friendly and accessible. He handled my trust and other business.  Matthew patiently explained to me all the legal jargon and options, and made the process easy for me. If you need help with estate planning, trust and probate, I highly recommend the Law Office of Matthew C. Yu.
– DLS, Torrance

Matthew Yu

Attorney, Principal

Matthew C. Yu is an Attorney and the founder of the Law Office. He is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law as certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization and has extensive experience in all aspects of Estate Planning and Probate. He has assisted many clients in creating their Estate Plan, including revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, advance planning, and more. He also has experience administering Probate and Trust Estates.

Matthew obtained his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA and his Undergraduate degree from the University of California at Irvine. He is a licensed member of the California Sate Bar and a member of the State Bar’s Section on Probate, Taxation, and Estate Planning.

Marisa Cuevas-Koch


Marisa is an Associate Attorney who handles Trusts, Estates, and Probate litigation matters and has been with the firm for six years. Prior to joining the Law Office of Matthew Yu, Marisa worked at various civil litigation firms. She received her JD from Michigan State University College of Law and her BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley.

Marisa grew up in Downey then moved to Berkeley for college and East Lansing for law school. She also studied in Rome and Washington, DC. When not at work, Marisa enjoys traveling, going to the theater, and staying home playing with her dog.


Brandi E. Neville


Brandi E. Neville is the firm’s paralegal for all probate and guardianship matters and and has been with The Law Office of Matthew C. Yu since January 2019. She is a graduate of El Camino College’s ABA approved Paralegal Studies Program, holds an A.A. in Paralegal Studies and an A.S. in Business Management. Brandi carefully manages our probate cases and follows them from beginning to end, assisting both client and attorney in moving efficiently through the probate process.

Brandi was born and raised here in the South Bay and currently lives in Redondo Beach with her husband and two teenage daughters. In her free time she enjoys relaxing on the beach, skating on the strand, and spending time with her family. Brandi thrives in creative pursuits such as painting, songwriting, and singing, which help her stay centered and grounded in this crazy world.

Thomas Allard


Thomas Allard has been working in the field of Probate and Trusts & Estates since the Summer of 2016. He completed the Advanced Paralegal Certificate Program through California State University – Long Beach and also holds recognition from the National Association for Legal Support Professionals (NALS) as an Accredited Legal Professional. Thomas currently assists with Trust Administration and Conservatorship matters.

Thomas is a South Bay native, grew up on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and currently lives in San Pedro. He has a lifelong appreciation for the beaches and ocean sports from his participation in Junior Lifeguards and working on the L.A. County beaches as a Lifeguard for two summers. He also has a lifelong appreciation for the National Parks, hiking, camping, and snow sports from his participation in the Boy Scouts of America and earning the rank of Eagle Scout. However, what Thomas has been most passionate about for over 10 years is live music; he enjoys attending performances of all types whenever the opportunity comes up.

Jessica Rocha

Legal Secretary and California Notary

Jessica L. Rocha is a legal secretary, a California Notary Public and has been with the Law Office of Matthew C. Yu since January 2019. She is the first point of contact, and she assists the firm in Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration and Contests. She studied Art History at California State University, Long Beach, with an emphasis in Contemporary Art.

Jessica grew up in the South Bay, Los Angeles. In her free time, she likes to dive into her art-making practice, as well as burning off steam and gaining strength through fitness (her favorite mode is cycling through the city and country trails). On lazy days, she likes to watch comedies and true crime documentaries with her cat, Sheba, and whip up a home-cooked dish.

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