SMS LAW FIRM

Our Mission at SMS Law Firm is to build lasting relationships with our clients, by providing them high quality legal services consistently. It is our firm belief that communication, trust, and dedication are essential to every such relationship.

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Business & Contracts

In addition to forming and optimizing your business for tax purposes, our firm specializes in assisting businesses in all aspects of their services.

 

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Immigration Law

Obtaining attorney representation for your immigration issue ensures that the lengthy and unsure immigration process is simplified to having a professional handle your matters up to and in your interviews with USCIS.

 

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Family Law

Our Family Law practice has been a foundational element of our firm since its inception. We have consistently negotiated favorable outcomes for our clients by obtaining awards of hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

 

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International Estate Planning

Many of our clients have assets abroad, and we personally handle their estate planning or coordinate with experienced counsel in those jurisdictions to ensure adherence to the local jurisdiction.

 

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Tax Law

Hiring an experienced tax attorney to represent you in your matters will help relieve your financial and mental burden of dealing with your tax issues.

 

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Consumer Law

A majority of debt collectors routinely violate Federal laws and mislead consumers into believing they have a valid claim. Debt collectors are often times predatory and take advantage of the knowledge that the average consumer is too busy and/or doesn’t understand the laws that are in place to protect them from predatory lending, contract law violations, and unlawful collection practices.

 

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Wills, Trusts & Probate

Recognizing our services, our clients regularly return to us regarding the legal area of Wills, Trusts, and Probate, also known as Estate Planning.

 

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STELLA M. SHIH, ESQ.


Stella is a recipient of the Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services recognizing excellent legal services to the under-represented. She has extensive experience in dealing with family, unlawful detainer, estate planning, immigration, and tax matters. The formation of the firm, SMS Law, initially a solo practice, is now a thriving practice based on Stella’s ideals and  hard work. Stella now has over seven years of experience in the legal profession and has worked with hundreds of clients and consistently provided excellent results. She is tri-lingual and is fluent in English, Chinese (Mandarin), and Taiwanese.

Stella attended and graduated from the highly selective Taipei First Girl’s high school in Taiwan. She went on to graduate from Fuzen University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. After coming to the United States, Stella mastered the English language and obtained a bachelor of arts from Rutgers University before deciding to enter the legal profession. Stella graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and obtained a specialization in Tax Law from the University of San Diego. Eventually, Stella opened her own practice, SMS Law Firm, after years of legal work.



JAMES S. SHIH, ESQ.


James specializes in family law, immigration, estate planning, and commercial leases. He is one of the main Family Law attorneys at SMS Law Firm with extensive experience in family and civil court. Similarly, he has focused his immigration specialty to EB-5 clients. He has provided hours of voluntary legal work for the San Diego community including small claims, employment disputes, unlawful detainer, driving under the influence, and housing issues. He has become an important influence to the growth and expertise of SMS Law Firm.

James entered SMS Law Firm in December of 2011 after graduating from the University of San Diego, School of Law. From the beginning of his career, he has taken the role as lead attorney in multiple cases to gradually become the primary trial attorney for the firm.

 



KEVIN QI, ESQ.


Kevin joined SMS Law Firm in 2012. He attended the University of San Diego, School of Law where he accumulated extensive experience in criminal law, including working at the felony division of the Multiple Conflicts Office, and defending death penalty inmates at the California Appellate Project. Kevin has also provided free assistance to numerous clients in business formation at USD’s Entrepreneurship Clinic. He graduated from Binghamton University in New York with a concentration in Chinese and English Literature. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. 

Our Mission at SMS Law Firm is to build lasting relationships with our clients, by providing them high quality legal services consistently. It is our firm belief that communication, trust, and dedication are essential to every such relationship. Every client is treated with the utmost attention and diligence. We fully understand that all aspects of your family, business, or assets require not only professional but also personal care. With these principles in mind, we assure you that as our client, you are in the right hands.

 
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