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Joseph Bernard McHugh Jr.

also known as Joseph McHugh, Joe McHugh

About me

Joe is an active member of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, including the Association’s Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section, and the Business Section; the Beverly Hills Bar Association; the Irish American Bar Association; as well as Elder Law Associations such as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the California Advocacy for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) .  Joe participates as a Volunteer Panel (PVP) Attorney and a Case Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.  A frequent seminar speaker, Joe resides in Southern California with his wife and two children, four dogs, one cat and a peacock that has adopted the family.  Joe is a Past Exalted Ruler of the Burbank Elks Lodge.  Joe recently retired after 20 years as a Civilian Volunteer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Armenian

Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
    21 years
  2. Medicaid & Medicare: 30%
  3. Elder Law: 20%
    15 years
  4. Business: 10%
    32 years
  5. Probate: 10%
    15 years



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Max M Alavi

    I have worked with Joe on several cases and he is very knowledgeable, upfront and honest in all the matters we have worked on together. I highly recommend Joe in any estate planning, Elder law or business matter.


    Max Alavi Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Christine J. Wilson

    I have worked with Joe and his team on a number of matters involving Medi-Cal eligibility for long term care. Joe is easy to work with, and KNOWS this highly specialized area of law. I highly recommend him -- and if you are looking for a lawyer to help in this area, do yourself a favor and contact him BEFORE applying for Medi-Cal; you will find Joe and his staff to be very helpful, easy to talk to and clear in their explanations.


    Christine Wilson Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

LA Law Center, PC

300 W Glenoaks Blvd.
Suite 300
Glendale, CA, 91202


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLA Law Center, PC2009 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Joseph B. McHugh, Esq.1987 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationDistinguished Order of Attorneys2015 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationSocial Media Committee2014 - Present
Academy of Special Needs PlannersMember2012 - Present
Elder CounselMember2008 - Present
Los Angeles County Superior CourtProbate Settlement Officer2008 - Present
Los Angeles County Superior CourtProbate Volunteer Attorney2008 - Present
Irish American Bar Association of Los AngelesMember2007 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
WealthCounselCommittee Chair2006 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Business and Corporations Law SectionMember2004 - Present
California Advocates for Nursing Home ReformMember2004 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (California Chapter)Member2003 - Present
Burbank Elks LodgeMember2003 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2002 - Present
Los Angeles County Sheriff PosseCivillian Volunteer1996 - Present
State Bar of California, Business Law SectionMember1987 - Present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionMember1987 - Present
Burbank Elks LodgeExalted Ruler2007 - 2007
Themed Entertainment AssociationPresident1999 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Contesting TrustWe represented the daughter and won the case for her!
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1987
California State University, FullertonBusiness & FinanceBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LA LAW Center SeminarsDomestic/Off Shore Trusts (Bridge Trusts)2015
Lorman Educational ServicesMedi-CAL & Elder Law in California2014
RHA SeminarsAsset Protection 1012013
RHA SeminarsLand Trusts and LLCs2013
RHA SeminarsVeterans & Medi-CAL Planning2013
RHA SeminarsEstate Planning 1012013
MTA Employees Educations ServicesEstate Planning for Families2013
Barlow Hospital SeminarsAdvanced Health Care Directives in California2013
Seminar in Glendale, CALand Trusts & LLCS2012
Real Estate Brokers of GlendaleEstate Planning Asset Protection2012
Community seminarsEstate Planning 1012012
Elder Care: The Race Against TimeElder Care Medi-CAL2011
CBS KNX 1070 AM Radio SeriesElder Costs: The Race Against Time!2011
Protect Your Family Assets 101 - Lecture SeriesWhat Every Trustee Needs to Know2010
NAHREP Monthly MeetingGoals of Estate Planning2010
Local Community Lecture SeriesThe NO MATTER WHAT Documents2010
Issues in Early Stage DementiaDementia and Legal Aspects of Capacity2010
Community ClassesWhat is Probate & How do I avoid it?2010
Community ClassProtect Yourself from Conservatorships2010
Business KillersBusiness Issues that can destroy a business2010
Aging, Dementia & Legal Aspects of CapacityAging, Dementia & Legal Aspects of Capacity2010
Geriatric Lunch Lecture SeriesLegal Preparation for the Future2009

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