Probate, trusts and estates and conservatorship matters, including complex accounting and surcharge petitions; family law including difficult custody/visitation matters, and complicated financial issues concerning support and property division.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE
Judge Goetz served on the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1991 until her retirement in 2015. Before being appointed to the bench, she worked as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney in the Major Fraud Division (1984-1991) and as a sole practitioner (1983-1984). Prior to receiving her law degree, Judge Goetz worked as a controller/financial analyst for Diners Club/Carte Blanche and held various accounting and audit positions.
Judge Goetz resolved probate matters for nearly a decade, first as a Commissioner and later as a Judge. Well known for presiding over conservatorship proceedings involving Britney Spears, Judge Goetz also handled the conservatorship case of Zsa Zsa Gabor; an elder abuse lawsuit involving Mickey Rooney; and a case involving the contested will left by the widow of Sammy Davis, Jr.
Judge Goetz also has extensive experience in Family Law addressing challenging child custody cases (including children with special needs), and cases with complex/complicated financial issues such as support and property division, including those with family-owned businesses or unusual compensation structure. Her accounting background serves her well in these types of cases.
ORGANIZATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Numerous presentations to legal organizations including CJER, LACBA and CEB on a wide range of probate topics, including estate and trusts, conservatorships and guardianships; advanced trust litigation; Gray Divorce [for divorcing couples over 55 years old]; evidence and trial advocacy; and basic accounting for judges
Adjunct Professor, Concord University School of Law (2000-2002)
EDUCATION & TRAINING
J.D., 1982, Whittier College School of Law (Editor and Member, Law Review)
B.A., Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles
Judge Goetz is available throughout California.