The Law Offices of Stephen E. Penner
Family Law and Estate Planning in Santa Barbara County
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Santa Barbara Firm Specializing in Family Law and Estate Planning


Experienced and Friendly Law Firm Dedicated to Serving You and Your Family in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura Counties.


Focused on Getting Results

When you are facing a complicated legal matter, you need guidance and support from attorneys who understand not only the law, but also the many processes and guidelines associated with your situation.

At the Law Offices of Stephen E. Penner, PC, our legal team provides cost-effective, comprehensive representation across a wide range of legal matters, specializing in estate planning and family law. We tailor our representation to each client's needs while remaining conscious of legal costs. With 40 years of experience, we have the necessary skills and resources to help you achieve your goals.


Personal Client Service

We care about our clients and take steps to ensure personal client service to help reduce the emotional stress associated with the legal system. We devote substantial time, energy and resources to our clients to better understand their short and long-term goals. Our in-depth client service includes detailing your available options as well as possible consequences so you can make informed decisions throughout the course of your case. 

At the Law Offices of Stephen E. Penner, there is always a friendly voice on other side of the phone. Our personal answering service ensures that someone is available 24/7 to assist you. We provide open and direct client communication via phone and personal consultations. If you have an emergency, we will respond within 24 hours.

Get in touch with us to set up a FREE consultation, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to inquire whether our services are right for you.




1215 De La Vina Street
Suite K
Santa Barbara, CA 93101



Phone: (805) 965-0085
Toll Free: (877) 588-9400
Fax: (805) 963-3156


Areas of Practice

divorce and spousal support

We understand that family law issues are highly emotional and stressful; and we are committed to effectively and efficiently concluding your case in matters of Divorce, Property Division, Spousal Support, and Marital Agreements, enabling you to move on with your life.


Trust Administration and Litigation

Trust administration in accordance with California law is a highly specialized field involving numerous fiduciary duties, requirements, and responsibilities. We have extensive experience representing trustees in trust administration according to the requirements of California law. 



There are times when caring for someone you love involves making difficult decisions.  This often means stepping in at the right time to manage the financial or healthcare affairs of someone who needs help.  Here at The Law Offices of Stephen Penner, we have a history of successfully petitioning for and obtaining conservatorships against heavy litigation and opposition from other interested parties.  Probate conservatorships are court proceedings wherein a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (called a "conservator") to care for another adult who cannot fully care for him/herself or his/her finances (called a "conservatee").


child custody and support

Dedicated to supporting your family with an in-depth knowledge of the issues of child custody and support, our primary goal is to work with you to achieve positive results so you and your family can continue to move forward.



The loss of a close family member or friend is a difficult time, and the settling of an estate in probate can be overwhelming. We are able to help guide you through the step-by-step process with over 40 years of experience handling cases in probate.



Every family has serious and legitimate concerns about the health, protection, rights, and privileges of elderly family members.  Declining health or diminished capacity can, if not carefully planned for, result in a loss of freedom and personal autonomy.  As a result, elders are among the most vulnerable members of our community and are particularly susceptible to abuse.  If you are concerned that an elderly person is being harmed or mistreated, do not hesitate to contact us for review of the situation.


We provide comprehensive representation, with 40 years’ experience handling complicated issues for wills, trusts, and directives. We will discuss your short and long-term goals, family dynamics, and other circumstances to help establish a plan tailored to your needs.



Knowledge of the fundamentals of business is still the key to success, and business owners of every size need sound legal advice to protect their interests. There is a vast body of law that governs real estate transactions, and it is important to recognize when you need the advice of legal counsel.



The Law Offices of Stephen E. Penner have over 40 years of extensive experience conducting civil litigation in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties.  Whether you need to file a lawsuit or defend against a lawsuit, there are a vast array of options, possible solutions, and procedural requirements under California Law.  We will be happy to help you apply the law to your particular set of facts so that you can make an informed decision as to what to do inside or outside of court.


We will never forget all of the dedication and hard work Stephen E. Penner put in our case. Thank you.
— Wayne and debbie b.


How Can We Help You?

Use the form below to contact us regarding your legal inquiry. Please be as detailed as possible. To help us best service your inquiry, we recommend that you first describe the issue you’re having, before telling us what you want to achieve. You may also email or call us to make an appointment for a FREE case evaluation.

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