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L Christopher Arvin

Estate planning Attorney at Pacific Palisades, CA

4.9   33 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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About L Christopher

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    I specialize exclusively in estate planning (including drafting of wills and trusts) and probate administration of estates, as I have since I graduated NYU School of Law with a Masters in Taxation in 1984 (NYU Law School is highly regarded for its Graduate Law School Taxation Program Masters of Laws Degree in Taxation).

    40 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Probate
    Trust and Probate Administration is a vital portion of my practice. I have worked closely with local Courts, and Agencies. It is critical to have an experienced trust/probate attorney assist you to provide assurances that the representative is fulfilling all of his/her legal responsibilities, and that all benefits are received by the beneficiaries (such as Proposition 13, only available to children/grandchildren who are qualified and timely apply for the tax benefit).

    40 years, 100 cases

I have a  passion for assisting clients with their estate planning needs - their future and their families.   I graduated from New York University School of Law - receiving an LL.M in Taxation.  NYU is recognized by all as being the premier Law School for this program, world wide.  My first case out of NYU with a very large law firm was handling the estate for one of the Firm's young female attorneys - her "estate planning" consisted of a 1 page holographic Will - while her very young children did receive their inheritance that was administered by the Trustee nominated who wonderfully cared for their financial needs, the large firm life insurance policy did not name the Trustee as the beneficiary, therefore the proceeds were wasted by the young mother/attorney's sister who was upset at the ex-husband, and wasted the entire large sum pursuing past-due alimony/child support that was not likely recoverable and ultimately was not, against the wishes of the Trustee and likely the young attorney.  My objective over the following 25 years is to not let this type of non-intended consequence recur, by making Estate Planning both reasonable and accessible for my Clients - avoiding th subject being "put-off".

Outside of law my passions are Architecture, Design, Travel U.S. and world-wide with Family, Tennis, Boy-Scouts with my son, and assisting my children as much as I can educating them and assisting them for their future in our great country.


Law Office of Chris Arvin
15332 Antioch St.
Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272
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6303 Owensmouth Avenue 10th Floor, Warner Center
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367
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400 Continental Blvd./6th Floor
El Segundo, CA, 90245
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17901 Von Karman Avenue
Ste 600
Irvine, CA, 92614
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655 North Central Avenue, 17th Floor
Glendale, CA, 91203
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2450 Colorado Avenue / Ste. 100E
Santa Monica, CA, 90404
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5670 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1800
Los Angeles, CA, 90036
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609 Deep Valley Drive
Suite 200
Rolling Hills Estates, CA, 90274
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2001 Addison St.
Ste. 300
Berkeley, CA, 94704
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5201 Great America Pkwy.
Ste 320
Santa Clara, CA, 95054
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4.9 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
Posted by Steve | September 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planing Documents
Chris was knowledgeable and very easy to work with. He was quick to answer questions and send us the appropriate documents. I would recommend Chris to others who have such needs.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Painless and fast service
I found Chris through my employers legal support plan. Chris helped me prepare my estate documents. During the engagement he was sensitive to my personal needs and patient as it took me some time to get them done (my issue not his!). I highly recommend Chris for your attorney needs.
Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2013
Planning made easy
As an Operations Manager one works with to do lists everyday. On one's things to do list is the not so obvious: Estate Planning, Will, Durable Power of Attorney and Mr. Arvin made the planning efficient, effective and easy. Mr. Arvin was very helpful and professional. I highly recommend Mr. Arvin and you can then cross out Estate Planning from your to do list.
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Posted by Arun C | April 7, 2013
Highly professional, easy to work with.
Living Trust documents - The best quality about Chris is that he took his time to explain all the legal options in details along with its implications. We never felt any kind of push from his end, instead he was thorough at answering all of our questions.
Posted by Martin & Jamie | April 5, 2013
Review from Martin Ganley and Jamie Amaya
Chris was great, a real Gentleman. I had complete trust in him to take care of an issue for me that I really knew very little about. At all times I was treated like a celebrety client and when we finally met I found a really nice down to earth guy who was very proffessional, explained everything clearly and was just a very nice person. If I ever need an attorney again I will not hesitate to call Chris and have recomended him to all my freinds.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2013
Excellent Lawyer for Estate Planning
Chris did an excellent and thorough job helping us with our estate documents. We definitely felt like we were in good hands with him!
Posted by Rachelle | March 1, 2013
Estate Planning
Chris made the process incredibly easy and seamless. We plan to use his services again in the future.
Posted by Robert | February 21, 2013
Review of Christopher Arvin
Chris did an excellent job preparing our revocable trust and related documents. He was very accessible, explained things carefully, responded promptly to questions, and was extremely easy to work with. I would recommend him to all my colleagues at Pepperdine and suggest that they sign up for Hyatt legal plans. This is the best experience I have had in working with an attorney.
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Posted by Felicia | February 19, 2013
Estate Planning
Chris was tremendous. I was prompted to create estate planning documents after the sudden death of my husband. Chris made the process easier than I anticipated. He was very knowledgeable about the rules and regulations and followed up with me even when I did not get back to him, which I needed to remain focused. He is professional and likeable. I would not hesitate to recommend him to others.
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Posted by Pam | February 17, 2013
Pam's review on Chris Arvin
Mr. Arvin was excellant in dealing with my case. I appreciated how fast he was able to handle my needs. I would recommend him to my friends. Thank You Chris.
Posted by Larry | February 10, 2013
Mr Arvin handled my Estate needs in a very professional manner. His guidance as to what the proper information that should be included in a will was invaluable. I will recommend his services to others.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2013
Estate Planning
I was recently diagnosed with a condition that requires major surgery. I was referred to Chris through the Hyatt Legal Plan which I have as a benefit from work. Not only did Chris work on our estate planning over the weekend but he also came to my house to sign all the documents. Needless to say I was instantly relieved to have everything in order for my family.
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2013
Trust, Will, etc.
Mr. Arvin set up a living trust, will, durable power of attorney and advance health care directive, for me. He kept in contact throughout the process and completed the documents timely. Mr. Arvin is very approachable, pleasant, and always willing to answer questions. He even came to my work place, Mercury Insurance, to complete the documents. I am very happy with the service he provided.
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Posted by Daniel | February 25, 2012
I am a physician employed at UCLA Medical Center and was referred to Chris my a colleague of mine. I found my experience with him to be very pleasant! Chris is an excellent attorney and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking assistance with estate planning and preparation of legal documents.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2012
L Christopher Arvin Review
Mr. Arvin was responsive to all our requests and explained whatever we didn't understand and gave us alternatives to consider with sound advice on all of them and did all this with a light touch and swift action. He really knows this area thoroughly and is aware of what is about to happen as well.
Posted by Danielle | February 1, 2012
Living Trust for Danielle Battut
Overall my experience dealing with Mr Arvin is quite good and I would contact him again if needed
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2012
Estate Planning Review
Mr. Arvin was very knowledgeable and proved to be a very good source of information and advice. He completed our estate planning documents in a very timely and effcient manner. I would have no hesitation in using him again in the future and in recommending him to others.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2012
Excellent Service
We used this lawyer for estate planning and found him to be professional, knowledgeable, and very responsive. He was very available via phone, email, and in person, and he answered all our questions to our satisfaction. He was well organized and has a well-written set of documents to use a starting point for estate planning. He has followed up to ensure things are properly processed.
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Posted by James and Leena Jittu | January 11, 2012
Review for Christopher Arvin
Mr Arvin is a excellent lawyer he is very knowledgeable asd helped us through the whole process. He followed up and and follwed through until we were done. Thanks Mr Arvin for making my life simpler. You are highly recommended by us..
Posted by Craig | January 8, 2012
Excellent Work!
I have been planning to put together a trust for years. After I contacted Chris Arvin, he made it happen. He was very knowledgable and made the whole process quite painless. He was also very accommodating on our busy schedules and even met me in my office for the final signing. I recommend him very highly!
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)


  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws - Taxation
  • 1984
  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Southern California
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Lawyer Referral Service
  • Attorney Referral Panel
  • 2002 - Present
  • LA County Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bill Handel Law Day
  • Whittier Law School - Law Day
  • 2012
  • Law Day
  • Whittier Law School - Bill Handel Law Day
  • 2011
  • Law Day
  • Whittier Law School - Bill Handel Law Day
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (11)
Endorse L Christopher
Estate planning Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers and insight prove that he is able to offer clear and concise advice and to move his clients in the best direction based on his knowledge of the law."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the great priviledge of getting to know Mr. Arvin in the Avvo community. Mr. Arvin has exhibited his breadth of knowledge in the area of estate planning. Estate planning is a complicated area of law that requires an expertise the Mr. Arvin clearly demostrates. His commitment to estate planning and helping those in need is clearly demonstrated in the answers he provides on Avvo. I am happy to have Mr. Arvin as part of my network of trusted attorneys. If you need an estate planning attorney in Los Angeles, call Mr. Arvin."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Mr. Arvin. His many responses on this forum are, thoughtful, on-point and drive right to the heart of an individual's concerns. In an industry filled with attorneys that dabble in many areas of law, Mr. Arvin is a testament to his specialty, and I have no doubt that his focus benefits his clients immensely."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris has been practicing for many years in the areas of estate planning and probate. His experience and down-to-earth approach communication style is aptly reflected in his excellent website - Additionally, Chris continues to exhibit his common-sense approach to practicing law in his responses on"
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read many of Mr. Arvin's answers to various estate and tax questions posed here at Avvo and his insight and practical perspective is excellent. As a fellow NYU graduate of the LLM program in taxation, I know the type of hard work and dedication needed to be successful to achieve success in such program. His enhanced tax background gives him superior tax knowledge over attorneys who have not gone through this program. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Arvin is one of the finest estate planning attorneys in CA. He is a strong and zelous advocate for his clients and credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal servcies."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Other
"I am pleased to endorse Mr. Arvin. His clear and detailed counsel and advice are a great benefit to any client."
Probate Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Mr. Arvin. Since I have been a subscriber to, I have had occasion to observe the responses Mr. Arvin has given to questions sent in by members of the public seeking advice on probate and trust matters. I am quite impressed with the analyses and opinions he has expressed. Although I have yet to work with Mr. Arivn, my observation is that he is a highly qualifed attorney in the trusts and estates arena, he has been in practice since 1983 and is a member of the California State Bar's Trusts & Estates Section. I have also visited Mr. Arvin's website and am very impressed with its content and the wealth of information it provides. I look forward to referring cases in the Los Angeles area to Mr. Arvin."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Arvin is extremely knowledgeable in the area of estate planning and is my contact in California for such matters. I would not hesitate to contact him for advise or to refer clients who need legal assistance in California."
Probate Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met Mr. Arvin when we were opposing counsel on a contested probate matter. I found him to be knowledgeable, practical and honest. Working in conjunction with Mr. Arvin, we were able to resolve the matter in a fair and appropriate manner. Since then we have conferred many times about probate and estate planning cases. I always find his counsel to be thoughtful, accurate and pragmatic. I recommend Mr. Arvin to potential client and will continue to do so."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We worked together on a collection matter and he greatly contributed to our case with his prior experience. He is open to discussion and is very responsive to inquiries."
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Pacific Palisades Estate planning Lawyer L Christopher Arvin
L Christopher Arvin
Estate planning Attorney
Pacific Palisades, CA
Licensed for 40 years
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