Steven P. Beltran

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Steven P. Beltran is a Senior Partner in BELTRAN SMITH, LLP. He has over 36 years' experience with services and programs to those with special needs. He is a past President and past member of the Board of Directors of the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Mr. Beltran received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1972 in Political Science from Long Beach State University. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1976 from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. In 1997 he obtained a Certificate of Professional Designation in International Trade from the University of California at Los Angeles, California. In the early 1980s Mr. Beltran drafted and successfully co-lobbied for the passage of State Senator Roberti’s Senate Bill 1115, enacted as California Penal Code §1001.20, which established provisions for the diversion of non-violent mentally retarded offenders into habilitation programs administered through California's 21 statewide Regional Centers for the Developmentally Disabled. Mr. Beltran is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of California, before the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Beltran's Practice Involves:

  • Civil litigation for Plaintiffs' Personal Injury and Government/Municipal Tort Liability for injuries to children in special education classes and in foster care;
  • Structured and Special Needs Trust Settlements;
  • The establishment and administration of Special Needs Trusts for children and adults with special needs to ensure continuing eligibility for government benefits;
  • Wills & Living Trusts Planning for families including children with special needs;
  • Probate litigation in Elder Abuse, General and Limited Conservatorships, Guardianships and Mental Health proceedings.
  • Court Appointments as Trustee for Special Needs Trust beneficiaries;
  • Court Appointments to prosecute civil and probate actions on behalf of juvenile court dependents pursuant to Welfare & Institutions Code §317 and 317(e);
  • Court Appointments as Probate Volunteer Panel Attorney for prospective wards and conservatees in probate and mental health Superior Court proceedings;
  • Member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Alternate Dispute Resolution "ADR" Probate Mediation Panel; and,
  • Private Mediator in Civil and Probate matters.

Mr. Beltran's Professional Associations:

  • California State Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Mexican-American Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Southern California Mediators' Association
  • Los Angeles Superior Juvenile Dependency Tort Policy Committee
  • Los Angeles Los Angeles County Legal Referral Service and Juvenile Dependency WIC 317(e) Tort Panels
  • Los Angeles County Juvenile Court Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Probate Volunteers' Panel

Mr. Beltran's Professional Activities:

  • 1977 to present active member of the California State Bar Association.
  • 1988 to present Member Los Angeles County Probate Volunteer Panel.
  • 1999 to present Member Los Angeles County Superior Court Juvenile Dependency Tort Policy Committee.
  • 1999 Co-Presenter to Los Angeles County Juvenile Courts’ Continuing Legal Education Seminar on “Impact of Americans with Disabilities Act upon Family Reunification Services for Juvenile Dependents and for Parents with Special Needs.”
  • 2000-2004 Delegate to Statewide Association of Regional Center Agencies for the Developmentally Disabled.
  • 2001 to the present Co-Presenter in bi-annual/or quarterly scheduled MCLE Panel Presentations to Parents and families of children with special needs on Parent / Family Training Seminars on Planning for Future Care and Support of Persons with Special Needs, through Foundation for Advocacy, Conservatorships & Trust, "FACT, Inc.
  • 2003 Co-Presenter to Los Angeles County Juvenile Courts’ Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar on “Special Needs Children in the Juvenile Courts: Federal Law, Education Law & Disability Law.”
  • 2004 Co-Presenter to Los Angeles County Juvenile Courts’ 2004 Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar on “Welfare & Institutions Code § 317e Reports & Government Tort Claims.
  • 2004 to Present Co-Presenter for Foundation for Advocacy, Conservatorship and Trust, Inc., “FACT, Inc.” Parent / Family Training Seminars on Planning for Future Care and Support of Persons with Special Needs.
  • 2008 Co-Presenter to Los Angeles County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Los Angeles County Juvenile Tort Policy and “Welfare & Institutions Code § 317e Reports & Government Tort Claims."
  • 2011 MCLE Panel Presenter to Los Angeles County Superior Juvenile Court’s Children’s Law Center Attorneys on Juvenile Torts and WIC 317e Tort Notification Filings - What are the Red Flags and How do I get my Referral Picked Up?
  • 2011 MCLE Panel Presenter to Los Angeles County Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section Probate Volunteer Panel Brown Bag Lunch on Hot Topics in Limited Conservatorships.
  • 2011 Appointment to Los Angeles County Superior Court Probate ADR Panel of Mediators.
  • 2011 Provisional Appointment to Los Angeles County Superior Court Civil ADR Panel of Mediators.

Mr. Beltran's Directorships:

  • -1999-2002 Member of the Board of Directors of the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Los Angeles, California.
  • -1999- 2006 Member Board of Directors, Executive Committee Member, Nominations Committee Member, Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Los Angeles, California.
  • -2002-2006 President, Board of Directors, Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Los Angeles, California and delegate to the Statewide Regional Center Association of Regional Center Agencies, “ARCA”.
  • -2010 Trustee, Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Mexican American Bar Association.
  • -2011 Secretary, Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Mexican American Bar Association.