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Lucas Alan Woodward

Probate Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Nevada - NV 3 years
    California - CA 12 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State NV
    Acquired 2019
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lucas

Learn Lucas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    California or Nevada probate administration.

    11 years, 30 cases

  2. Estate planning
    Wills, trusts, health care power of attorney, financial power of attorney, living wills,

    13 years, 200 cases

  3. Litigation
    Trust and probate litigation. Elder abuse litigation. Will contests.

    13 years, 20 cases

  4. Trusts
    California and Nevada trust creation and administration.

    13 years, 200 cases

My practice focuses on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and probate and trust litigation.  I am licensed in California and Nevada.  I have diverse experience in the areas of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, probate estates, trust administration, trust and estate litigation, business formation, and federal and state taxation. Past litigation clients include individual and professional trustees, beneficiaries, surviving spouses, care givers, omitted heirs, competing wills, adopted out children, intestate claims of predeceased spouse to real property, spousal property petitions, partition actions, undue influence and elder abuse claims, and representation of a co-administrator/co-executor in a 13 year probate.  Prior to joining Goodwin, Brown, Gross & Lovelace, APC, I was an attorney with Albence and Associates, APC, for nearly 5 years in the same practice area.  Before Albence & Associates, APC, I was an attorney at a major securities litigation firm headquartered in San Diego.  With securities litigation I was involved in a variety of complex litigation cases, including mortgage backed securities cases and post-merger derivative suits.  I believe my diverse litigation experience in a wide variety of trust and probate litigation matters, all the way to multi-party, national scale cases, give me a unique perspective in my estate planning, affording my estate litigation clients exceptional representation and my estate planning clients practical experience of the implications of how documents are drafted and the situations they create.

I earned my law degree from the University of San Diego, where I also earned a Master of Laws in Taxation, with an emphasis on complex estate planning and business planning.  Prior to law school, I earned my B.A. in Economics from UC San Diego.  I am licensed to practice law in California and Nevada, and to appear in the Southern District of the United States Federal Court.

I am very proud to be a current board member with the San Diego Council on Literacy and a strong supporter of the San Diego Equality Business Association. Some of my past philanthropic activities include the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, Habitat for Humanity, and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer program.

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Posted by Stephanie | June 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Happy with our new plan
We did our family trust before our boys were born. Once they were born we realized that some of the plans we had made if something happened to us needed to be changed. We were referred to Lucas to review our trust. He helped us amend our trust and do new documents. He was professional and knowledgeable. We are glad we met him and appreciate his help with our documents.
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Posted by Melissa | October 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Woodward rescued me
I was Attorney Woodward 's first client when he was fresh out of law school. He protected me, my inheritance and stopped opposing counsel harassment.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Goodwin, Brown, Gross & Lovelace, LLP
  • 2020 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Albence & Associates, APC
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Staff Attorney
  • Robbins, Geller, Rudman & Dowd, LLP
  • 2011 - 2015


  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • LL.M - Taxation
  • 2011
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Univ of California San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • In re the Chuidian Living Trust
  • Petition granted - trust amended
  • In re the Estate of Robert John Bernard
  • Settlement


  • San Diego Council on Literacy
  • Board member
  • 2020 - Present
  • San Diego Equality Business Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • La Jolla Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2016 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Member
  • Journal of Climate & Energy Law
  • 2009
  • Faculty Scholarship
  • University of San Diego
  • 2007


  • Probate Attorneys of San Diego - Handbook for Probate Executors, Administrators or Personal Representatives
  • Ch. 27 - Marshaling Assets
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
  • "My Life is the Law"
  • 2016
  • University of San Diego School of Law 1L Oral Arguments
  • First Year Oral Argument Judge
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
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Estate planning Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Lucas for over a decade now. Lucas is smart, hard working, and genuinely interested in helping people. I continue to recommend him for estate planning, tax and estate litigation work."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Woodward is smart, hard working, and professional. I recommend him for estate planning and/or any related litigation work."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lucas is a great attorney and trustworthy colleague. I have known Lucas for over four years, first meeting him through our prior employment with a large San Diego Class Action law firm. I believe Lucas is trustworthy, loyal and diligent. Based on our prior working relationship I have no problem recommending friends, families or current clients to him. I highly recommend Lucas."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Capable, professional, and likable."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Mr. Woodward on tax matters, and am a fellow lawyer in the community who can speak to his integrity and knowledge. I endorse this lawyer."