Molly Koontz Sand | Pacific Grove Estate Planning Lawyer


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Molly Koontz Sand

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Estate Planning, Trusts, Social Security -- Disability, Power of Attorney, Wills & Probate

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Molly Koontz Sand has provided legal services to clients throughout California as well as helping clients with Social Security Disability matters in several other states in the United States. She has helped numerous clients gain Social Security Disability benefits while working at a California based National Social Security Disability law firm, as well as a California law firm in their Social Security Disability department. She also has experience in Criminal Law. She worked as a volunteer Deputy District Attorney, during which time she gained invaluable courtroom experience and obtained many successful results in criminal cases. She also worked as an intake attorney for a Mortgage Finance and Real Estate law office where she enjoyed interacting with potential clients.

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How did you build a successful practice?
While employed at a Law Firm, I helped build a successful practice by being kind and truly caring about my clients and each one of their unique circumstances. I made sure that each client was given the opportunity to speak with the attorney so that they were confident and comfortable with the progress of their case. I was able to put in place methods to make sure that each client was being regularly updated on their case as well as making sure important filing dates were never missed. Also, by treating my team of employees with respect and appreciating all of their contributions to helping in the success of the practice.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
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What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is definitely being able to help people. It makes me happy when I am able to help one of my Social Security clients gain the benefits they so often desperately need. I am equally as happy when I am able to draft an Estate Plan for my client that sets out what their wishes are. I am able to give them peace of mind knowing that they have been able to provide for their family after they are gone and to preserve their family legacy.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
My other interests in addition to law include traveling, movies, the ocean, animals, and spending time with friends and family.

ATTORNEY ENDORSEMENTS:
Roksana Moradi, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Attorney on Jun 15

Molly Koontz Sand is an outstanding estate planning lawyer. She tirelessly advocates for her clients and her creative and complex problem solving methods set her apart – I strongly endorse her.

Position Organization Location Duration
Attorney-OwnerSand LawPacific Grove, CA2018 - Present
AttorneyContract AttorneyMonterey, CA2014-2018
AttorneyA California Law Firm-Social Security Disability DepartmentLos Angeles, CA2012-2013
Staff AttorneyA National Social Security Disability Law FirmLos Angeles, CA2011-2012
Deputy District Attorney-VolunteerMonterey County District Attorney's OfficeSalinas, CA2011
Intake AttorneyA Mortgage Finance, Taxation, and Real Estate Law OfficeSanta Cruz, CA2011
School Degree Major Graduation
Monterey College of LawJ.D. Law School2010  
California State University, NorthridgeB.A.Sociology, Criminology, Criminal Justice2003
State / Court Date
California2010
  • Member | California State Bar Association
    Member - National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives
    Member - Monterey County Bar Association
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award | West Publishing Company | 2010
    Witkin Award For Academic Excellence | Witkin Legal Institute | 2007
    Witkin Award For Academic Excellence | Witkin Legal Institute | 2006
  • Notable Case
    I was working with a client who was disabled due to a combination of physical and mental impairments, unable to work, and really down and out. She felt like there was no hope for her future. She was very limited in activities she was able to do. She was experiencing quite a bit of pain. I worked hard to gather medical records on her behalf, obtain statements from her doctors as to her limiting condition, as well as handle correspondence on her behalf with the Social Security Administration. A hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge was requested for her case. On the day of her hearing, we met prior to the hearing time so that I could further prepare her for her hearing. She looked at the file I had for her and all of the notes I had compiled for her and asked “Wow, is all of that for me?” and I replied, “Yes, it is, I want to give you the best chance of success!”. That day, I presented her case to the Judge, questioned medical and vocational experts, and was able to secure a bench decision in her favor which is very rare in Social Security Disability Cases. Generally, your case is heard by the Judge, then you have to wait up to an additional 3 months for a decision. My client was so happy, she hugged me and said “Thank you so much, I now feel like I have some relief and hope for the future knowing I will now receive monthly payments to help me with my situation.” It is times like this that make me so happy to help someone who is truly in need.

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(2010) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association.May 31, 2018

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Fee: Free consultations for Social Security- Disability cases. No out-of-pocket fees or costs for Social Security Disability unless I win your case.

Service Type: Private

Language: English

Update Date: 2018-02-22

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Molly Koontz Sand
183 Forest Ave
Suite 3
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
36.6212965,-121.9173599

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183 Forest Ave
Suite 3
Pacific Grove, CA 93950


Other Locations:
  • Estate Planning: Monterey County, CA
    Social Security Disability: Monterey, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Benito, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties

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