Laura L. Nichols
Of Counsel

Mrs. Nichols is Of Counsel with Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and is also certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.  Mrs. Nichols has assisted multiple generations in their family estate planning matters and provides guidance and counsel to clients in this specialized area of law. She finds her work personally satisfying as she helps clients work through and solve difficult problems connected with the administration of the estate or trust after one’s passing.


Mrs. Nichols received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California in 2002. She attended California Western School of Law and earned her Juris Doctor in 2004.

Employment Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Nichols was an attorney with the San Diego firm of Showley & Thompson, LLP. In addition to practicing law, Mrs. Nichols is an Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law where she teaches “The California Pre-Bar Program” and “Advanced Legal Analysis.”

Representative Matters

  • Assists clients in estate planning including wills, revocable living trusts, advanced health care directives, financial powers of attorney, irrevocable gift and insurance trusts, charitable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Represents trustees, executors and administrators during the administration of a decedent’s estate

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • Certified Accredited Estate Planner®, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (2017)
  • Certified Specialist-Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (2013)
  • State Bar of California (Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section)
  • San Diego County Bar Association (Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section, Former Chair of the New Lawyer Division)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Estate Planning Council of San Diego and North County (Member)
  • Provisors (Member)

Community Affiliations

  • KPBS Planned Giving Advisory Committee
  • Rotary Club 33 (Member)
  • Scripps Health Gift Planning Advisory Board (Member)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker for professional groups on topics of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Administration