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Walter James Hindenlang

Estate planning Attorney at Torrance, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

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About Walter

Learn Walter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Drafting living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, health directives and related property and business planning

  2. Probate
    Probate administration, conservatorships and guardianships under Court supervision

  3. Trusts
    Advising trustees in ongoing trusts matters and problem solving

  4. Mediation
    Mediator for trust and probate disputes, as well as all business related litigation matters

Walt’s practice has focused for the past nineteen years on estate planning, trust administration, probate, conservatorships, and guardianships, as well as mediation of litigation involving those matters. He was active on the board of the South Bay Bar Association for ten years, and served as President in 2018. He is an active member of the probate panel for Court Appointed Attorneys for he Los Angeles Superior Court where he is appointed to represent proposed conservatees, minors and incapacitated individuals.  He regularly participates in pro bono law days and other community activities.

 As a private mediator, Walt’s background and skills make him an effective facilitator and sounding board in helping to resolve a variety of trust, probate, and business disputes. He is on the oversite commitee for the LASC Trust and Probate Mediation Panel, and regularly serves as a volunteer settlement officer.  He  participated as a member of the Southern California Mediation Association for a number of years.

During a 25-year career in industry, Walt worked as a corporate lawyer, negotiated and managed major contracts and subcontracts, and held several senior management positions in the aerospace and telecommunications industries. His management roles include serving as Vice President of Operations for Hughes Global Services and President/CEO of the non-profit Galaxy Institute for Education before returning to practice law.

Photos and videos

Walter Hindenlang with Judge Rice and Sibylle Grebe presenting flowers to probate attorney Carmen Alberio and probate examiner Josie Hartel on their transfer to central district.  Published in Fall 2013 South Bay Bar Journal.

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Walter James Hindenlang
3424 W Carson St Ste 320
Torrance, CA, 90503


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Posted by Linda | April 24, 2015
Knowledgeable Estate Lawyer
Walt helped my husband and I establish a living trust and wills for both of us. He is very knowledgeable; offering suggestions and situations for our consideration so that we had a comprehensive final product. He ensured that we understood the all aspects of the documents. He even called us on a Friday evening to answer our last minute questions so that everything was ready to be signed when we went to his office the following week. He kept us informed throughout each step and told us how to proceed in moving bank accounts into the trust. Both my husband and I are Navy Veterans and it was a plus that he too, is a Navy Veteran. Because of his expertise, he made this process easy.
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Posted by Bill Kollar | November 18, 2014
Outstanding Living Trust and Will preparation
My wife and I needed legal advice and then preparation of our Living Trust and Will during a period when we were very busy with career, family, and elder care. Walt understood the situation and provided a great presentation regarding 1) the function of the Living Trust and Will; and 2) how these critical documents would be prepared for our unique situation. All of the documentation was provided in a timely way. Thanks to Walt's professional guidance, our family has the peace of mind that comes with being professionally and legally prepared in the face of what may be very difficult life events.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Counsel
  • Pettler and Miller LLP
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Attorney & Mediator
  • Walter J. Hindenlang Law Offices
  • 2002 - 2020
  • Vice President
  • Hughes Global Services
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Director
  • DirecTV International
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Vice President - President
  • Galaxy Institute for Education 501(c)(3)
  • 1991 - 1996
  • Operations Manager - Major Subcontracts
  • Hughes Electronics Corporation
  • 1982 - 1991
  • Corporate Attorney
  • TransTechnology Corp
  • 1978 - 1981
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  • Loyola University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1978
  • University of Southern California
  • M.B.A.
  • N/A
  • University of Southern California
  • B.S.
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Trust Claim Against Prior Trustee
  • Three real properties bought by the prior Trustee in his name using Trust funds were transferred to Trust, reclaiming several hundred thousand dollars in misappropriated assets for the Trust beneficiaries.


  • South Bay Bar Association
  • President
  • 2018 - Present
  • L. A. Superior Court
  • Oversight Committe for Settlement Officers
  • 2016 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Volunteer Probate Settlement Officer
  • 2013 - Present
  • Probate Volunteer Panel
  • Court appointed attorney for proposed Conservatees
  • 2004 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts & Estate Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Trusts & Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • President Elect
  • 2017 - 2018
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - 2017
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - 2015
  • South Bay Bar Association, Probate and Trust Section
  • Chairman
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Guardianship Volunteer Panel
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2004 - 2013
  • L.A. Superior Court Alternate Dispute Resolution Panel
  • Mediator
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Manhattan Beach Rotary Club
  • 2002 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Recognition for Outstanding Service to South Bay Bar
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • 2017
  • Volunteer Probate Settlement Officer
  • Court's Recognition
  • 2015
  • SBBA Pro Bono Service Award
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • 2014
  • SBBA Pro Bono Service Award
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • 2013
  • SBBA Pro Bono Service Award
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • 2012
  • SBBA Pro Bono Service Award
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • 2011
  • SBBA Pro Bono Service Award
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • 2010
  • SBBA Pro Bono Service Award
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • 2009
  • SBBA Pro Bono Service Award
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • 2008
  • SBBA Pro Bono Service Award
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • 2007
  • SBBA Pro Bono Service Award
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • 2006
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  • South Bay Bar Journal
  • When Mediation Becomes a Family Affair
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Trust & Estates Section CLE
  • Alternatives to an ABC Trust
  • 2016
  • Mediator Skills Training at Pepperdine Law School
  • Conservatorships
  • 2016
  • Mediator Skills Training at Pepperdine Law School
  • Conservatorships and Their Alternatives
  • 2015
  • Mediator Skills Training at Pepperdine Law School
  • Conservatorships
  • 2014
  • Trust and Estate Section
  • Mediating Contest Matters
  • 2012
  • Seniors Conference
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Realtors Association
  • Probate Sales of Real Property
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Walter
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Walt and I worked on a Conservatorship matter together. He has superb knowledge of the area and I would not hesitate to recommend him in matters involving Trust, Estate and Conservatorships. He is also a great mediator."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently worked with Walt on a complex conservatorship matter. Walt associated me in as trial counsel. Walt's knowledge on conservatorships and his excellent skills in dealing with problem issues made him an outstanding team member. I strongly recommend Walt for conservatorship and trust matters."
Trusts Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Walt is an excellent lawyer. He is competent in the area of Trusts, and he additionally has experience relating to contracts and business organizations which has been useful and has caused me to refer matters to him."
Probate Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Walt. He is knowledgable and practical. He does a great job representing his client's interests. He is professional and a pleasure to deal with."
Trusts Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I work closely with Walt on a number of matters relating to Estate Planning and Trust Administration. He is very knowledgeable about complex trust matters and does an outstanding job in all respects."

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Torrance Estate planning Lawyer Walter James Hindenlang
Walter James Hindenlang
Estate planning Attorney
Torrance, CA
Licensed for 45 years
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