Our Philosophy

We believe it’s not about the law, it’s about people, and our approach reflects that. We aim to create lasting relationships with our clients and to become trusted advisors they can count on. We take the time to listen to your fears, desires and dreams, and we work with you to craft a unique, custom-tailored solution that you understand and can use.

What Can You Expect Working With Us?

Integrity

You can expect the highest standards of professional and personal conduct.

Compassion

You can expect to receive compassionate counsel and advice as we guide you in designing and implementing and effective, well thought out plan.

Commitment

You can expect to develop a long-term relationship with the firm, where we are available to assist you and your loved ones every step of the way.

Cooperation

You can expect us to work together with your existing advisors to design and implement the most effective plan for you.

Focus

You can expect us to treat your situation as unique and craft a tailor-made approach according to your needs and desires.

Expertise

You can expect us to be knowledgeable about the law and sound in our advice.

Attorney Marc MackenzieWealthCounsel Membereldercounsel_logo_memberProVisors Member

Marc Mackenzie, Attorney

I became an estate planning attorney because I want to help families. The legal system can be confusing and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. I speak in plain English and truly want you to understand your options and help you make wise decisions. With good planning, not only can future headache and expense be avoided, but you can leave a legacy for your family, taking care of them even after you are gone.

I take pride in providing each of my clients with one-on-one counseling, responsive, clear communication, and excellent service. I work closely with you to make sure your goals are realized. Estate planning is a lifelong process, and I strive to build relationships that last long after we first meet.

Background

Marc Mackenzie received his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School. During law school, he was a member of The George Washington Law Review and served as a Dean’s Fellow. He earned his B.A. from University of California Santa Cruz. Prior to founding Acorn Law, he worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm Hogan Lovells.

Marc is a member of the Ventura County Bar Association, ProVisors, ElderCounsel, and WealthCounsel.

Marc is an Eagle Scout and is active in his community. He lives in Simi Valley with his wife Emily and daughter Lucy, along with their two Saint Bernards Barkley and Benson.

Debra Castillo, Client Services Coordinator

I am the first person you will interact with when contacting our firm, and am your primary point of contact as you work with us. My job is to make sure every single client has an outstanding experience, from the first phone call all the way through to signing your estate plan. I really enjoy getting to know each and every one of our clients, and work hard to make sure your needs are met throughout the planning process.

Background

Debra has had a long career in the legal, accounting and real estate fields. She holds a paralegal certificate from Catherine Business College and studied business and accounting at Moorpark College. Throughout her career she has focused on excellent client service and clear communication, and her calm and friendly personality allows clients to feel comfortable during what may be a difficult time. From workshop planning, to trust funding, to scheduling, to finalizing legal documents, Debra’s experience and enthusiasm ensures each and every client has a wonderful experience.

debra-headshot