Our Associate Attorneys

Carly A. Gregory

Carly A. Gregory graduated in 2004 from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in English. Ms. Gregory completed her J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2009 and was admitted to the State Bar of California that year. After practicing in the areas of litigation and entertainment, she has focused her practice exclusively in the areas of trusts and estates, conservatorships, guardianships, and probate. Carly enjoys helping people through these often difficult and daunting processes.

Our Paralegals

Pat Chesney

Pat Chesney has worked as a paralegal in the field of Probate, Conservatorships, Estates and Trust Law exclusively since July of 1978. She has been the lead paralegal on hundreds of matters in her 35+ year tenure. Pat is a member in good standing of the Probate and Trust Section of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association. She maintains her MCLE credits by attending legal seminars on various topics of Elder Law, Conservatorships, Trusts and Probate. Pat’s extensive experience includes preparing federal estate tax returns and allocating assets among various trusts in post-death matters. While Pat has been with Nielsen & Rogers since its inception in 2014, she has worked with attorney Caren R. Nielsen since 1997.

Patty Minero

Patty Minero has over twenty-five years of paralegal experience exclusively in the areas of probate, trusts and conservatorship administration. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of West Los Angeles, has been designated as a Certified Legal Assistant by the National Association of Legal Assistants, and holds a California Advanced Specialization in Trusts and Estates. Patty also enjoys reading, cooking and travel.


Carla Doss

Carla has worked in the legal field since 1978. After receiving her AA degree from Pierce College, she began working as a legal secretary. She later attended Watterson College for paralegal studies and received her paralegal certificate, specializing in litigation. She has been working in the area of estate planning since 1981, and began working with Caren Nielsen in 2000. In her free time, Carla enjoys decorating, baking and shopping.


Cindy Hitz

Cindy Hitz attended California State University, Northridge, and has over twenty-four years of experience in Probate, Estate and Trust Law, Conservatorships and Family Law since receiving her Paralegal Certificate. She volunteered as the paralegal for ten years at Conejo Free Clinic and started Conejo Valley Paralegal Services in 1998. Ms. Hitz keeps abreast of the latest laws and procedures by reviewing legal publications, including updates from CEB, Rutter Group, California Local Probate Rules and the California Probate Code. She meets the requirements of California Business and Professions Code § 6450 and is in compliance with California Rules of Court requirements regarding continuing education.

George Willig

Karen Martin

Karen graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UCLA and works as an estate title planning transfer paralegal (specializing in transfers to revocable and irrevocable trusts) and a corporate paralegal. She also handles trust administrations including federal estate tax returns and allocating assets among various trusts in post-death matters. She joined Glantz, Nielsen, Gillin & Scott in 1966.

Our Administrative Staff

Grace M. Garcia

Grace joined our team in 2018. After she received her Associate of Arts degree from Los Angeles Pierce College, she then studied Real Estate at Kaplan College. Grace is a certified Notary Public and handles various administrative duties. She is friendly and personable and her eagerness to accommodate a client’s needs always comes through. She brings over 15 years of customer service experience and has worked with clients from top executives to everyday people, treating everyone with the same level of respect and consideration. She finds the probate law industry very interesting. In her free time, Grace enjoys reading, baking, spending time with her family and cheering on her son’s basketball team.

Aviv Assayag

Aviv is currently a pre-law student. As an Israeli-American, Aviv is also fluent is Hebrew. Aviv is currently attending Pierce College – where he has been admitted to the honors program – with an intention to transfer to UCLA to major in political science. After UCLA, he hopes to attend law school and pursue a career as an attorney. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching basketball, listening to music, going to the beach, and spending time with his family and friends.

Janis Karbelnig

Janis was born and raised in Southern California. For college, she ventured to Northern California where she graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Urban Policy Analysis. Janis continued to law school at Southwestern School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California. She has been in accounting for over 20 years and prefers numbers over words.  In her spare time, Janis enjoys reading, Sudoku, hiking, photography, and her family.