The authors are a father and daughter team in Oak Park, California.

Mark J. Phillips holds law degrees from UCLA and New York University.  He has been practicing law for thirty-five years with the Law Offices of Goldfarb, Sturman & Averbach in Encino, where he specializes in the fields of estate planning, trust and tax law, with certification as an expert by the California State Bar.  In addition to the fulltime practice of law, he has been an adjunct professor for twenty-eight years at the University of West Los Angeles College of Law, teaching Trusts & Estates, with hundreds of his students now practicing their profession in the community.  In addition to being a regular speaker for numerous local bar and practice associations, he has for twenty years served as program lecturer for the National Business Institute, providing continuing education credit for attorneys, primarily in the subjects of estate planning, estate administration and ethics.  In most years he gives more than one hundred hours of lectures to students and professionals, and is the author of more than a dozen scholarly articles in bar journals, primarily in the fields of ethics, trusts and estates.

Aryn Z. Phillips holds undergraduate degrees in history and international relations from Emory University and a Masters degree (MPH) from Harvard, where she focused on social and behavioral sciences. She is currently pursuing her Ph. D. in public health at the University of California at Berkeley.