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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.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 70%
    32 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Probate: 30%
    32 years, 100 cases



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Law Office of Chris Arvin

741 10th Street
Suite A
Santa Monica, CA, 90402

6303 Owensmouth Avenue 10th Floor, Warner Center
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367

400 Continental Blvd./6th Floor
El Segundo, CA, 90245

7545 Irvine Center Drive / Ste 200
Irvine, CA, 92618

655 North Central Avenue, 17th Floor
Glendale, CA, 91203



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Legal answers
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2009 - Present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionN/A2009 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Lawyer Referral ServiceAttorney Referral Panel2002 - Present
LA County BarMember2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1984 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawTax Law Degree from Law SchoolLL.M - Master of Laws - Taxation1984
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of Southern CaliforniaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bill Handel Law DayWhittier Law School - Law Day2012
Law DayWhittier Law School - Bill Handel Law Day2011
Law DayWhittier Law School - Bill Handel Law Day2010