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


Personal Client Service


The Law Offices of Stephen E. Penner, PC, provides result-oriented representation for a wide range of legal matters. Our legal team understands that litigation and trial can be stressful, expensive, and time-consuming. We are dedicated to helping you navigate the legal system effectively to achieve favorable results whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation and trial.

With 40 years of experience, Attorney Penner — located in Santa Barbara County — has handled thousands of legal cases covering many areas of the law, and thus provides abundant legal expertise. Stephen Penner will review your situation fully to determine the best course of action.


Divorce and spousal support

We understand that family law issues are highly emotional and stressful and 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.

estate planning

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.