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Barbara J. Dibble

  • Sole Practitioner


Fullerton, CA





Barbara was born in New Haven Connecticut, grew up on Long Island, and went to college in Westchester County, New York. After college, she lived in Manhattan and worked in copy editing for Simon & Schuster Publishing at Rockefeller Center.  In 1973, her parents moved to Fullerton, California, and Barbara followed them in 1974.  She has lived in Orange County ever since.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Barbara was a teacher and private elementary school owner for 11 years and taught at the junior college level in a government program for Indochinese refugees.  The elementary school that Barbara helped to found -- the Berkeley School of Fullerton -- was in operation for 40 years and just closed its doors in 2016, when the remaining owners retired.  After graduating USC Law School, Barbara practiced health care regulatory law in a mid-sized firm and specialized in formation and structuring of medical corporations and physician self-referral and fraud and abuse compliance issues.  In 2005, after serving as trustee of her parents' trust, she changed her focus to estate planning law and was offered the opportunity to take over an established estate planning practice from a retiring colleague.  Her practice consists primarily of working with families, which she considers to be the best part of her job. Her practice consists of helping families to plan ahead before any life changing event has occurred; representing trustees in handling family trusts after a death or incapacity has occurred; and in representing executors in court supervised probates of estates when someone has died without estate planning.  Barbara enjoys art and art history, having spent her junior year of college studying in Venice, Italy.  She and her daughter enjoy traveling to Europe and to New York City to visit family and to take in all the great museums.

Areas Of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Probate Administration
  • Healthcare Law
  • Transactional Law & Formation of Business Entities

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1990


  • University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1990
    • Honors: Participant in Honors Moot Court Program
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award
  • California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, California
    • High School Teaching Credential - 1976
  • Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Major: English Literature

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Trust and Estates Section of California State Bar
  • Trust and Estates Section of Orange County Bar Association, 2006 to Present