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Megan E. Waugh

Litigation Attorney at Santa Monica, CA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Megan Waugh Gray

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Megan

Learn Megan’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    45%
    Trust, Wills, Conservatorship, Real Estate.

    13 years

  2. Probate
    45%
    Conservatorships

    11 years

  3. Estate planning
    10%

Megan is the owner of Waugh Law, a law practice specializing in trust, estates, conservatorship, and elder law. Clients have described Megan as “dedicated, caring, honest and reliable,” and “a very hard worker and dedicates herself to giving the very best possible representation for her clients with diligence and follow through.”

Megan works exclusively in trust and estates, and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in Estate and Trust Litigation for the past five years (2016 – 2020). In 2020 and 2019, Megan was named in Los Angeles Magazine as a Southern California’s Top Young Lawyers, and as a Top Southern California Up-And-Coming Lawyer in 2018.

Megan has reached multi-million-dollar settlements for her clients, as well as, represented a private professional fiduciary, in what was believed to be one of the most valuable Los Angeles County probate auction sales for $16.2 million.

Since 2017, Megan has served as a Court-Appointed-Counsel for the Los Angeles Superior Court representing individuals who face being placed under a conservatorship. Often times, these individuals are elders suffering from dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease.

Megan received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign where she graduated with honors. She received her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine School of Law where she graduated cum laude. While at Pepperdine, Megan served as an editor for the Journal of National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. The Journal also published her article: A Broke(n) System: Comment on the Supreme Court’s Decision to Rule on the Equal Access Provision in Douglas v. Independent Living Center and its Potential Impact on the Affordable Care Act.

Megan is a daily yoga practitioner, and she uses her practice to assist clients through challenges that often arise during the legal process. While serving as an officer on the Santa Monica Bar Association, Megan and her husband created an event entitled Yoga for the Legal Mind with the goal of bringing physical, mental, and emotional wellness to the legal community. They continue to hold these events.

Location

Waugh Law
401 Wilshire Blvd., 12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

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Reviews

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Posted by Rex | July 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I came for the law, stayed for the partnership
I met Megan in 2019, after a conflict with my family reached an impasse and I felt I needed an advocate. She was the fourth lawyer I met with, but the first to take me seriously and to engage with my story. After almost 2 years, we were able to reach a solution to a complex, multiparty, high dollar value, and very contentious conflict. I cannot recommend Megan more strongly or passionately. She is an incredible lawyer who understands the rules and how to move within them. But more importantly, she is an incredible partner who knows how to sit in pain and distress with her clients, build mutually agreeable solutions, and to work long term to execute a difficult and intricate strategy. Megan and I slayed dragons together, and I am sure she will do the same with you.
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Posted by Susan | June 10, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing!
Megan worked very hard for us on an upcoming case regarding a trust. We live in the state of Washington. I was very surprised when Megan called me back personally the next day. I have a very difficult time understanding the legal wording of documents, but Megan was able to help me with my questions. She didn’t seem to tire of my frequent emails and texting. I would not hesitate hiring Megan for my legal matters. I wish there were more people like Megan....dedicated, caring, honest and reliable. Thank you Megan!
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Posted by dianne | April 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
I live in Tucson and my late husband and I had a Trust that was drawn up here. However, he owned a condo in L.A that we weren't able to get into the Trust before he passed away. Megan was very responsive in working with me and with my AZ attorney in getting the property into the Trust without having to go through Probate. Although I haven't taken her up on it yet, she offered to help me find someone to assist if I decided t try to sell the property.
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Posted by Chris | July 15, 2015
Megan Waugh - Attorney at Law
Fantastic attorney with a level of care and diligence I never saw with other lawyers when shopping for estate planning services. She briefed me on her litigation and estate planning background, explained what she felt I only needed, and made me feel comfortable which was key. She's sincere, and found her very easy to work with. Five stars all around...
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Posted by Vardui | June 10, 2015
Excellent Service
Megan Waugh is an excellent attorney. She worked with me to resolve a very complicated estate after my husband passed away. During this very traumatic time, Megan walked me through the process and explained everything to me in terms I could understand. Her advice and guidance were invaluable and she cared so much about my case that I now think of her as a friend. I highly recommend!
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Posted by Linda Cotterman | November 22, 2014
A Rising Star
Megan has represented me in several difficult, involved probate cases. She has exhibited a diligence in gaining background knowledge and probate laws while always maintaining professionalism in her work. She expresses herself well in speech and in writing court documents being clear, well crafted, and succinct. She is a very hard worker and dedicates herself to giving the very best possible representation for her clients with diligence and follow through. She makes herself available and responds in a timely manner. Because of Megan's legal skills, knowledge, and personal attributes, I know she will rise to the top.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Waugh Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Schomer Law Group
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Sharona Eslamboly Hakim
  • 2012 - 2014

Education

  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • 2013
  • Univ of Illinois
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re: Conservatorship of Jean Miho Tanaka
  • For Respondents

Associations

  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Southern California's Top Young Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2019
  • Southern California's Top Young Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Southern California Up-And-Coming Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (27)
Endorse Megan
Probate Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Megan Waugh aggressively pursues every angle of a case on behalf of her clients. She is thorough, detail-orientated, and works tirelessly to protect her clients rights. I highly recommend her."
Probate Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Megan Waugh has demonstrated a high level of talent and devotion to her clients. I would not hesitate to recommend her."
Probate Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Megan is a competent and energetic lawyer who is passionate about her practice. I have had the privilege to consult with Megan and would absolutely recommend her to any client in need of a Los Angeles probate attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Megan -- she has an extremely strong skill set in her practice areas of estate planning, probate, and probate litigation; has experience in her practice area that rivals attorneys 10 or 20 years more senior; and has a working knowledge of the rules of civil procedure like I've never seen before."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Waugh is a highly intelligent and highly effective advocate. I strongly endorse her."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Megan is an exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Megan is a compassionate and extremely talented attorney and I would gladly entrust a client or loved one to her. She is capable and smart. I'm happy to know her."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Megan is a competent and highly motivated attorney. She will go the extra mile to ensure her Clients' rights are protected. Megan has my full endorsement and recommendation."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Other
"I know Megan through the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. She is trustworthy, hardworking and knowledgeable in all aspects of estate planning. I highly recommend her."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Megan through the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. She is a knowledgeable and caring attorney who looks after her clients' best interests."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know Megan through the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and believe her to be a great counselor and very knowledgeable in estate planning and elder law. If you need help with these issues, I recommend consulting Megan."
Probate Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trusts Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I definitely recommend Megan Waugh as she is professional, knowledgeable, persistent, and articulate. I have personally witnessed how hard she works and the great results she achieves for her clients."
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