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I am an Eagle Scout. I enjoy hiking and backpacking. I was a History Major and I enjoy reading non-fiction. I played the Viola and I enjoy Opera and Classical Music. In late December, it is our family's tradition to go to Death Valley. I also enjoy going to any national park.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 100%



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Cash, Check

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    Randy is very knowledgeable, ethical and part of a small number of attorneys that is Certified by the State Bar of California as Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law and Taxation Law


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Contact info

Altshuler & Spiro

9100 Wilshire Blvd.
Ste 535E
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2016
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2015
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2014
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2013
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2012
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2011
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2010
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2009
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2008
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2006
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2005
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2004
Certified Specialist Probate, Estate Planning & Trust LawCalifornia Bar Board of Legal Specialization1990
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1990
Certified Specialist TaxationCalifornia Bar Board of Legal Specialization1987
SuperLos Angeles MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAltshuler & Spiro1987 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Altshuler & SpiroPartner1987 - Present
Law Office of Randy SpiroSole Practitioner1983 - 1987
Lazarow, Rettig, Sundel & JaffeAssociate Attorney1982 - 1983
Irsfeld, Irsfeld & YoungerAssociate Attorney1980 - 1982
Murchison & CummingAssociate Attorney1978 - 1980
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate Tax ValuationFull amount of mortgage was allowed as discount on audit of estate tax return.
Taxpayer v. IRSNo income when ISO stock put into trust.
SF-CRUENon-profit status granted by IRS
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Publication nameTitleDate
wordpressAn Ongoing Series of Estate Planning Articles2012
JDSupraA series of estate planning articles2009
Lega-BooksWill & Trust Drafting and Estate Planning with forms1985
Community Property JournalBasis Anomaly Where Assets are Separately Allocated in an Equal Community Property Division1982
Community Property JournalNew Tax Law Makes Distinction Between Community Property and Separate Property Less Significant for Marital Deduction Purposes1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate UniversityTaxationMasters of Science in Taxation1980
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of California - Los AngelesHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning and Administration: The Complete GuideCommon Trust Structures and when they're used2016
Elder Law Subcommittee of Trusts and Estates SectionWhen Your Elder Estate Planning Client Throws You a Curve2016
Elder Law Subcommittee of Trusts and Estates SectionLife Insurance and the Older Client2015
Elder Law Subcommittee of Trusts and Estates SectionCommunity Property Aspects of IRAs and Retirement Plans2014
Gift Planning CommitteeEffect of New Tax Law on Existing Estate Plans2013
Elder Law SubcommitteeFinancial and Health Care Powers of Attorney2013
Elder Law Committee of Trusts & Estates SectionThe Transition from Capacity to Incapacity2012
Elder Law Committee of Trusts & Estates SectionNew Requirements for Certificate of Independent Review2011
Westside Discussion GroupFunding Subtrusts and Valuation Discounts2009
California Continuing Education of the BarManaging the Wealth of an Incapacitated Person2009
Elder Law SubsectionRousing Your Slumbering Estate Plan2008
International Association of Financial PlannersCase Study Program2000
International Association of Financial PlannersTax Law Changes 19961996
Personal Financial Planning ProgramIndividual Income Taxation1989
Masters of Science in Taxation ProgramIncome Taxation of Trusts and Estates1986
San Fernando Valley Estate Planning CouncilEstate Planning Update1984