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Keeley Canning Luhnow

Probate Attorney at La Jolla, CA

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Keeley

Learn Keeley’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Estate administration and trust administration; locating and proving lost/unknown heirs.

    20 years

  2. Guardianship
    Guardianship of an adult ONLY or minor's estate. I can assist with limited conservatorship of a developmentally disabled adult, conservatorship of the person and/or estate, with or without dementia. No custody cases.

    20 years

  3. Elder law
    Conservatorships of the person and estate, with or without dementia authority. NO contested matters.

    20 years

Since 2002, I have practiced in the areas of probate and conservatorships (general and limited), and I have filed probate matters in counties all over the state of California.  I am happy to assist you with your probate matter, beneficiary representation, conservatorships of the person or estate, limited conservatorships or guardianship of the estate.  I do not take contested matters and I do not take guardianship of the person (where someone needs to get custody of a minor). I only file guardianships and conservatorships in San Diego County.  

My firm has temporarily closed our satellite offices in La Mesa, Chula Vista, and Vista due to the pandemic, but we are taking in-person meetings in our La Jolla office or I can arrange a virtual meeting with you by MS Teams, Zoom or various other means, including telephone.

I was co-chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Elder Law section in 2006-2007, co-chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section in 2013-2014 and chair of the San Diego Probate Bench-Bar Committee in 2015. I was a contributing author of the 2015 San Diego County Probate Handbook, published by Probate Attorneys of San Diego and was an editor and contributing author in 2017, 2019, and 2021. In 2005, I was hired by the State of California to train Adult Protective Services employees in advocating for senior citizens and dependent adults’ legal rights through the use and interpretation of estate planning documents. I instructed over 700 Adult Protective Services employees throughout the State of California.

I am a “superb” rated (10/10) attorney on . My organizational affiliations include: Probate Attorneys of San Diego, San Diego County Bar Association Elder Law section and Estate Planning, Trust and Probate section, San Diego Superior Court Probate Bench-Bar Committee, and the California State Bar Association Trust and Probate section. I received my B.A. in history from California State University, San Marcos and my law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

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Posted by Gary | January 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful and patient explaining the conservatorship process and guiding us to a successful conclusion.
Posted by Selvyn | January 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Retired Physician
I had a complicated probate issue that Keeley handled seamlessly She was able to shortcut expected delays due to the Pandemic
Posted by Jeff | January 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful, caring lawyer
I hired Keeley’s law firm to initially compose legal documentation to split my deceased father’s estate, as directed by the San Diego County Administrator. After research, Keeley informed me that in her legal opinion I was entitled to the entire estate. I was eventually awarded my fathers entire estate, valued at $1,000,000. One year after the case closed Keeley called to inform she found an additional bank account valued at $100,000. She is not only a highly skilled, competent lawyer but also a wonderful person. Working with her was a true pleasure.
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Posted by Ellen | April 23, 2015
The best!
We have just come out of a long and complicated probate. During the entire process, Keeley has been very professional and understanding. My e mail questions were always answered promptly and because of that she helped me keep my frustration and anxiety to a minimum. She is a brilliant lawyer and I highly recommend her to anyone wanting the best representation in a probate case.
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Posted by Robert | July 17, 2013
Extremely Positive Handling of Brother's Probate
Keeley handled my brother's probate in a proficient and professional manner, yet was very personable and available whenever I needed to communicate with her. Although my wife and I lived in TN I feel we received the same quality of service we would have received if we lived in CA. She helped with a realtor who sold the house in one week, gave us some recommendations for local people to evaluate and sell my brother's belongings, etc. In short, she was wonderfully helpful and very experienced and knowledgeable about the probate process. You will not regret hiring her as your attorney.
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Posted by Harry J. Dirks, Ph.D. | April 11, 2013
Exceptional Attorney Services by Keeley Luhnow
Ms. Luhnow helped my wife and I combine our individual Trusts so that we have one combined updated document after our recent marriage. Her services were extremely efficient and covered issues that we had never considered. My wife and I would highly recommend her services to any potential client needing legal advice.
Posted by Carol | March 14, 2013
Keen on Keeley
Keeley is both personable and professional. It was a pleasure working with her and I will definitely refer Keeley to my family and friends. My case was a bit different and Keeley made sure everything was done correctly and with complete understanding. Working with Keeley was a positive experience!
Posted by Steve | October 27, 2012
Elder Law and Estate Planning Expertise
I have worked with Keeley a number of times over the past 8 years and have found her to be knowledgeable in both Elder Law and Estate Planning. She has taken the time to explain all the options available and what she would recommend. She is very personable and gives her clients a sense of ease when making important life decisions. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Anne | May 29, 2012
Intelligent, hardworking & trustworthy...
Ms. Luhnow did an excellent job creating and preparing a very complex Trust document for me that also included very specific and extensive ongoing pet care instructions. This particular document was very difficult and challenging to prepare and Ms. Luhnow did an outstanding job meeting my very high level of expectations and providing me with tremendous peace of mind. Keeley is intelligent, hardworking and trustworthy and I would not hesitate to recommend her.
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Posted by Jorge | November 18, 2011
A great, trusted lawyer
As two of 4 trustees of a family trust, and one of us being an attorney, we worked closely with Ms. Luhnow and saw firsthand her professionalism and expertise. She filed a conservatorship that the 4 trustees sought for my mother. Ms. Luhnow knows family and conservatorship law very well and always clearly explained what we needed to do and the process for obtaining the conservatorship. There was great conflict among 10 children and two of them obtained their own attorneys and filed competing petitions for the conservatorship. Ms. Luhnow did a great job of being calm and professional in dealing with all of the children and the attorneys. She filed the necessary paperwork, presented witnesses and successfully obtained the conservatorship we needed in our favor. Ms. Luhnow is great to work with, she answers her phone calls and emails promptly,and you always know she is on your side and working hard for you. You will not be disappointed in having Ms..Luhnow represent you. Raquel and Jorge Carrillo
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2011
Keeley, My Probate Lawyer / Brothers Estate
Keeley guided me every step of the way through many highly complicated procedures as things developed and made it seem so simple. Although I was an out of state person she always made herself available in short notice and could confide in her like you would to a very close friend.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2011
Probate Attorney
Ms. Keeley Luhnow is highly recommended. The experience with my Father's Probate Case was handled professionally. She explained how and why things were taking place in terms I could understand. Her timeline was right on. Living out of state was a concern for me initially; however Ms. Luhnow kept me informed and always returned any communication needed in a timely fashion.
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Posted by Marie | July 15, 2010
I was referred to Keeley while going through the worst time of my life, the death of my husband. The compassion she has shown to me is beyond words. She has guided me every step of the way through what can be a very daunting process. She is knowledgeable and quick to answer all my questions, even the stupid ones! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her, in fact I already have!
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2010
Operates with integrity and professionalism
Ms. Luhnow knows probate and trust law well. She was quick to the punch and always kept me informed. She operates with integrity and made good business decisions for my two cases. I always felt confident that she was keeping the other side in check and bringing the right information to the table at the right time. She was also kind and understanding about the feelings of all involved.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Albence & Associates, APC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Associate
  • Weitzen & Phillips, LLP
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Sarah W. Wellington
  • 2003 - 2004


  • California State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999


  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Estate Planning Trust and Probate Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Estate Planning Trust and Probate Section
  • Co-Chair
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Fiduciary Abuse Specialist Team (FAST)
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2012
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • State Bar of California, Board of Governors
  • 2008
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego
  • 2007
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award
  • State Bar of California, Board of Governors
  • 2006
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego
  • 2006
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award
  • State Bar of California, Board of Governors
  • 2005
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  • Probate Attorneys of San Diego
  • Handbook for Probate Executors, Administrators or Personal Representatives (contributing author)
  • 2019
  • Probate Attorneys of San Diego
  • Handbook for Probate Executors, Administrators or Personal Representatives (contributing author)
  • 2017
  • Probate Attorneys of San Diego
  • Handbook for Probate Executors, Administrators or Personal Representatives (contributing author)
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • APS Fiduciary Abuse Training - Statewide
  • Prevention of Fiduciary Abuse of Elders
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Keeley
Probate Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known and worked with Keeley on a few matters of the years. She is competent, diligent, and a strong advocate. I endorse her."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Keeley for several years, as we worked for the same firm when we first graduated from law school and passed the Bar. I am personally aware of her work ethic and her diligence as a lawyer. I have referred several people to her over the years, as she is well respected and well versed in estate planning, probate and elder law. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Keeley is a highly skilled and formidable opponent in the courtroom. While having great skills as an advocate, she is a real person, easy to speak with, great with clients. If I found myself needing counsel on a trust and estates matter, I personally would call Keeley first."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of calling Keeley Luhnow a colleague of mine for some time now. She has shown an abundance of professionalism and class every time we have worked together to resolve an issue. I would not hesitate to recommend Keeley!"
Elder law Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Keeley is razor sharp and meticulous. I have referred virtually every conservatorship matter to her. She has been an incredible resource to my firm and to the clients I have referred to her."
La Jolla Probate Lawyer Keeley Canning Luhnow
Keeley Canning Luhnow
Probate Attorney
La Jolla, CA
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation