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John Stuart Morris

Estate planning Attorney at Arcadia, CA

5.0   5 reviews

also known as John S. Morris

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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning

    19 years, 400 cases

  2. Probate

    26 years, 140 cases

  3. Trusts

    21 years, 150 cases

  4. Family

    29 years, 700 cases


Lawyers are appropriately described as attorneys and counselors. I consider both portions of that description very important. The counselor portion of that description requires that I educate my clients so that they can make informed and intelligent decisions. Ask any educator, in any field, and they will agree that students who are engaged, interested, and studying on their own are much easier to teach than students who want the teacher to do all the work. Accordingly, I believe that when clients are willing to take some effort to educate themselves so that they can more fully understand the process that they are caught in, those clients are much more likely to be able to provide me with the relevant information I need to handle a case successfully. I am very much in favor of clients educating themselves and being active participants in their legal matters.


In each of my areas of focus, I am engaged in the task of helping individuals solve problems. In family law and other litigated cases, I help to solve current problems, and provide solutions that allow the individual to move on with his or her life. In estate planning, I help to create the plans that are necessary in order to avoid the problems which naturally arise when there has been a lack of planning. The commonality is that there is tremendous job satisfaction in knowing that I have helped a person in need.


What I like about my career:

My greatest job satisfaction from knowing that I have helped a person in need. The kind "thank you's" and warm letters of appreciation from happy clients is definitely the best part of my career.

 More information about my firm:

My law partner is also my real life partner. Shinju Morris and I were married in 1992 and we have two beautiful children; Caitlin and Alexander. As our business has evolved and grown, Shinju has spent more time managing our office and keeping current with changes in technology for our business. 

Chih-Yi Lin is an associate with the firm. She has been with the firm since shortly after its founding in 1997. She practices in the area of trust administration and family law. Ms. Lin also fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese.


My strengths and style:

I can empathize with others, and this often leads to a greater understanding of their motives and goals. This understanding will often reveal solutions that would not be apparent to one who is unable to fully understand one's current opponent. While I would not go so far as to call it unique, years of experience lead me to believe that the trait of empathy is rare among lawyers.

I will not waste a client's money. Often this means taking a pragmatic look at the circumstances and understanding that it simply does not make sense, for example, to spend $10, to recover $1,. However, that being said, there certainly are times when the issues at stake represent more than simply money. In such circumstances, my goal is to educate my client as to the pros and cons of available strategies, so that the client can make an intelligent and informed decision about to how to proceed.

 Personal Interests:

I am a history aficionado; preferring primarily military and legal history. For sports, I enjoy tennis, softball, volleyball and bicycling. Although I have not had the time to remain active with it, I am also a great fan of the sport of fencing. In fact, it was on the UCLA Fencing Team that I first met my wife.  In recent years, Shinju and I have been active in raising funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation, and ride down the California Coast for an 8 day, 525 mile bicycle fundraising ride.  To date, we have raised more than 40, for the foundation.

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Morris & Morris A Law Corporation
150 North Santa Anita Avenue
Suite # 300
Arcadia, CA, 91006


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Posted by Paul | March 8, 2018
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Financial Advisor
I have engaged John and his firm for estate planning matters and referred numerous clients to John and his team in guiding and assisting with estate planning needs. I find John to explain concepts, often somewhat complex, in a very understandable matter while being very thorough. He is one to strongly consider for any estate planning needs.
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Posted by Marianna | March 8, 2018
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The finest attorney in town
John was very informative regarding our Living Will. He explained things in a form of language we could understand. He was thorough and exact.
Posted by Carol | September 9, 2014
We retained Mr. Morris for a tricky probate situation. He was very thorough in explaining various procedures. Best of all, we thought his fees were very reasonable.
Posted by Doug | November 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Service like no other
11/20/2018 5 stars for sure. I needed an estate plan made for a dying loved one the same day I called. John Morris cleared his calendar and came to my aid. He showed up quickly and proceeded to guide us through the process thoroughly. His compassion for my loved one's deteriorating health was obvious. He left and brought back all the completed forms and his wife Shinju did all the Notary duties right there at the hospital. Amazing!! Thank you Team Morris, including Lisa! I will always be grateful for the best service I've ever received and recommend you to everyone I know. For Kym :)
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Posted by Paul | October 9, 2015
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John Morris is a Top Notch Attorney
I hired John to handle my divorce. Very knowledgable and professional in all of our interactions. I felt very "at ease" having John in my corner. Thanks John


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 395-450 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner / Litigator
  • Morris & Morris, A Law Corp.
  • 1997 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Ribeiro Law Corporation
  • 1995 - 1998


  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


  • Professional Referral Organization
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Arcadia Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lunch and Learn
  • Prop 58, Prop 19, Probate and Estate Planning
  • 2023
  • Lunch and Learn
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Other
"I am very impressed with John Morris and his credentials. I endorse this attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Friend
"John is one of the sharpest lawyers I know. He has a great ability to think through issues to find the best solution, and a ton of experience to go with it. He is also an excellent communicator, and is able to explain complex legal concepts to clients in a manner that makes them easily understood."
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Arcadia Estate planning Lawyer John Stuart Morris
John Stuart Morris
Estate planning Attorney
Arcadia, CA
Licensed for 29 years
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