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John Dudley Laughton

About me

Our Business is Your Trust.  Our estate planning and elder law firm helps families successfully plan and execute their wills, living trusts, elder law needs, Medi-Cal planning, VA Aid and Attendance benefits, probate, trust administration, powers of attorney, health care directives, HIPAA authorizations, special needs trusts, family limited partnerships, LLC's, family & business succession planning, estate & gift tax planning, and charitable gifts in Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Salinas, and throughout Monterey County. We offer free confidential consultations and free educational seminars (please see our website for dates).


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    21 years
  2. Elder Law: 20%
    16 years
  3. Trusts: 10%
    21 years
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    21 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($125-395/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Philip J. Daunt

    I have known John Laughton since 1984, when we both worked for the same law firm. I believe that he conducts his practice with the highest level of competence and adherence to the highest level of ethical standards. I have retained him to prepare my own family trust, and I have referred several of my clients to him when they have needed legal advice regarding trust and estate planning issues. I endorse this lawyer.


    Philip Daunt Real Estate Attorney
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  • Shawn Garner

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Shawn Garner Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of John D. Laughton, A Professional Law Corporation

215 West Franklin Street
Suite 411
Monterey, CA, 93940-2738


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Superb rated attorneyAVVO2013
VA Accredited attorneyVeteran's Administration2009
Distinction in General ScholarshipUC Berkeley1971
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1963
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalJohn D. Laughton, A Professional Law Corporation2004 - Present
PrincipalDavis & Schroeder PC Attorneys1984 - 2003
AssociateDavis & Schroeder PC Attorneys1978 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Salvation Army - Monterey Peninsula CorpsVice Chair2013 - Present
All Saints' Episcopal Day SchoolBoard of Trustees2006 - 2012
The Salvation Army - Monterey Peninsula CorpsAdvisory Board2005 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2001 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember1999 - Present
Boy Scouts of America - Monterey Bay Area CouncilBoard of Directors1980 - 2010
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1978 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Monterey County Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
MP15815The Superior Court granted our Petition in full.
Estate of Geraldine Coronado (MP20683)Petition granted in full
Estate of Gerda Starr (MP20344)Petition granted in full
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Montery County HeraldVA benefits2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJuris Doctor1978
University of California BerkeleyLegal Avenues of ChangeBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Who Will Care for Your Pet When You Cannot?Estate Planning2015
Pet Trusts Lunch & LearnEstate Planning2015
Estate Planning & Charitable Giving Lunch & LearnEstate planning2015
23rd Annual Estate & Charitable Gift Planning InstituteCharitable Giving2015
Weekly nationally syndicated radio segmentEstate Planning & Elder Care Law2013
Medi-Cal & VA "Aid & Attendance" QualificationMedi-Cal & VA Planning2012
Estate Planning Concepts for Bank CustomersEstate Planning Concepts for Bank Customers2012
Boats, Planes & Digital Assets - Funding Difficult AssetsFunding Difficult Assets to Your Client's Trust2012
Who Will Care for Your Pet When You Cannot?Pet Trusts2011
Boats, Planes & Patents - Funding Difficult AssetsFunding Difficult Assets to Your Client's Trust2011
Planning Your EstateEstate Planning2005
Special Needs Trusts for Special ChildrenSpecial Needs Trusts2003