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Lauriann Christina Wright

Trusts Attorney at Glendale, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
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About Lauriann

Learn Lauriann’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    30%
    The bulk of my trust practice is litigation-related: trust contests, including setting aside trust amendments procured by disqualified caregivers; accounting & surcharge disputes; trustee removal; and other contested matters in trust cases. Trust matters very often are filed in conjunction with conservatorship proceedings where the proposed conservatee's assets are held in a Trust.

    29 years, 200 cases

  2. Litigation
    25%
    I practice business & real estate litigation, handling numerous jury & court trials. I briefed & argued Soderberg v. McKinney, 44 Cal. App. 4th 1760 (1996), establishing the liability of real estate appraisers to investors. I handle proceedings to recover assets stolen from elders by financial abusers. I have worked in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office, pursuing the civil recovery proceedings while the criminal investigation & prosecution are pending.

    29 years, 500 cases

  3. Guardianship
    20%
    I also handle conservatorships -- the appointment of a family member or a private professional fiduciary to manage a conservatee's person and/or estate. Often a conservatorship becomes necessary in cases of elder financial abuse; i.e. a caregiver or child improperly converting assets belonging to a person suffering from diminished capacity.

    29 years, 100 cases

  4. Probate
    20%
    I also practice Probate Litigation including Will Contests, administrator removal, accounting demands, surcharge proceedings, and other contested matters in probate cases.

    29 years, 200 cases

  5. Wills and living wills
    5%
    I do draft wills, trusts and powers of attorney. I also handle all litigation related to wills and other estate planning documents.

    29 years, 100 cases

Lauriann Wright is an experienced probate litigator and estate planner. For over 20 years, she has been practicing all phases of probate law and litigation, including conservatorships, guardianships, trusts, and probate estates, throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties. She has been named as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Estate and Trust Litigation for six consecutive years: 2012 through 2017.  For 2016, she will also be listed as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" in Litigation by Best Lawyers. She was recently named as a member of the National Advocates: Top 100 of Wills, Trust, and Estates Lawyers. 

Ms. Wright has conducted numerous contested probate bench trials, dozens of depositions, and written and argued several probate appeals. She has successfully represented professional fiduciaries in contested and protracted probate litigation proceedings in numerous multi-million dollar trusts and estates. She has also served as a fiduciary herself through court appointments as a receiver for real property, guardian ad litem, and trustee. Ms. Wright has worked with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office on numerous financial elder abuse cases and has been able to successfully recover substantial assets for the elderly victims. She is also a member of the Los Angeles County Probate Volunteer Panel as well as the Trusts and Estates Sections of the State Bar and the Los Angeles County Bar. Ms. Wright has completed and continues to participate in substantial continuing legal education course work in specialized probate law topics.

 

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Four key qualities make Ms. Wright an effective advocate for her clients: (1) a keen understanding of probate law and procedure, garnering the respect of her fellow attorneys and bench officers; (2) thoroughness and attention to detail; (3) expansive litigation experience from a concurrent business litigation practice; and (4) social intelligence and understanding of the emotionally charged nature of probate disputes.


In addition to her probate experience, Ms. Wright is also an experienced business litigator, knowledgeable in all phases of civil litigation, including jury and bench trials in both state and federal courts. Her practice focuses on business and probate litigation. She has briefed and argued cases in appellate matters, including the successful, published opinion in Soderberg v. McKinney, 44 Cal. App. 4th 1760, 52 Cal. Rptr. 2d 635 (1996) which reversed the law on real estate appraiser liability in California. Ms. Wright also consults and advises corporate clients on litigation, real estate, and business matters and drafts agreements. Through her business litigation experience, she has substantial knowledge in the areas of commercial finance, factoring, real estate, construction defect, intellectual property, and complex litigation.

Ms. Wright graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1994 with her Juris Doctorate, including a semester of specialized course work in international law completed at University of Leiden Law School, Leiden, The Netherlands. Ms. Wright was admitted to the California Bar in December 1994 and is admitted to practice in all the California state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Ms. Wright currently serves on the Board of the Santa Monica Bar Association. She is married with 2 children, and enjoys music, hiking, reading, and the arts.

Location

Wright Kim Douglas
130 S. Jackson St.
Glendale, CA, 91205

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Posted by Lee | June 3, 2014
Recommendation for Probate and Conservator Cases
Lauriann and her team were our lifesavers as we navigated though a probate, a conservatorship and a second probate filing over the span of 4-1/2 years. We had never had to do anything like this before and had the added complication of living out of the state of California. Lauriann coached us through every proceeding and explained what would happen next so we were prepared up front. Lauriann was very knowledgeable and highly skilled when dealing with the expectations of the Court and the Judges that handled our cases. We never had to go back and re-do or re-file anything....in fact, our paperwork was done so well that our filings and petitions were almost always "recommended for approval" eliminating our need to appear and make a trip from out-of-state. My wife and I highly recommend Lauriann and her team.
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Posted by Janet | April 23, 2013
Wastes no time! Treats people with dignity and respect.
Wow! Ms. Wright is an energetic and tireless advocate for Seniors. Even though the Probate Case was pro bono, she treated us with amazing dignity and respect. Ms. Wright went above and beyond to ensure that my mother's estate would not be usurped. Thank you Lauriann for keeping expenses in check and making the best use of your time!! We are grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2008
Client Review
I hired Ms. Wright for a complex family law matter involving a conservatorship and substituted trustee action. She is very intelligent and honest and her work is of the highest caliber. I strongly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2008
Attorney
She is very intelligent and her work is of the highest quality. She always looks out for her client's best interest. I have already recommended her to many friends and family. I HIGHLY recommend Lauriann Wright.
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2008
Director of Marketing
Very competent and thorough. I would highly recommend.
Posted by Steven | April 30, 2008
Epert Witness
I have worked with her and her firm for over 18 years and have had a good experience as a professional appraiser, consultant and expert witness.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Wright Kim Douglas, ALC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • McCullough & Wright, A Law Corp.
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Managing Partner
  • Lauriann Wright, Attorney at Law, PC
  • 1994 - 2008

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • California St Univ Fullerton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Soderberg v. McKinney
  • Reversed in our favor on appeal; then settled.

Associations

  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Probate & Trust Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Probate Section of California State Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Probate Volunteer Panel (PVP) of Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer Trust & Estate Litigation
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer Trust & Estate Litigation
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trust & Estates Section Meeting
  • Savage Sunset: How 21380 Has Sharpened the Teeth of the Former 21350
  • 2015
  • Trust & Estates Section Meeting
  • Capturing the Queen: Pre-Trust Contest Litigation Strategies
  • 2015
  • Fall Conference
  • Probate Litigation: How to Build and Present Your Case
  • 2015
  • Fall
  • Elder Issues in Common Interest Developments
  • 2015
  • Fall Conference
  • Probate Litigation: How to Build and Present Your Case
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Lauriann
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Trusts Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Wright is well respected both in her own legal community and here within the AVVO community. I highly recommend her services."
Trusts Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauriann is of the highest caliber for ethics and responsibility. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking advice in estate planning, guardianships, or other areas of her practice. She is top notch."
Probate Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauriann has handled a probate matter for a friend of mine with an extraordinary level of compassion and competence. I would recommend her any time."
Probate Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lauriann is my "go-to" person whenever I have a complicated probate issue."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lauriann Wright is a professional and ethical attorney. She brings a great sensibility for problem solving and superior client advocacy. Clients can count on Ms. Wright to be thorough, zealous, and easy to work with."
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Glendale Trusts Lawyer Lauriann Christina Wright
Lauriann Christina Wright
Trusts Attorney
Glendale, CA
Licensed for 29 years