Lynard C. Hinojosa

Hinojosa, Lynard C.
Lynard C. Hinojosa
Current Employment Positions:
  • Partner
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Practice Areas:
  • Probate Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Conservatorship Litigation
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Appeals
Biography:

Lynard C. Hinojosa (“Lyn”) started practicing in 1968 representing the L.A. County Public Administrator/Public Guardian, handling approximately 350 decedent estates and 250 guardianships. After 2 years, he was transferred to other divisions primarily doing administrative law and civil litigation. In 1972, Lyn went into private practice primarily engaging in high-level entertainment, business and real estate litigation and business transactions. Commencing in 1975, the amount of his probate practice increased to the point where, from 1986 to date, his probate/trust/conservatorship practice comprises 100% of his practice. Lyn’s areas of expertise are in probate, conservatorship and trust litigation, probate and trust administrations, and conservatorships. At the present time, his firm has approximately 400 active decedent estate and trust administrations, heirships, and conservatorships, and has approximately 50 active probate and trust litigations (i.e., will contests, heirship litigations, trust litigations, and surcharge matters). Lyn is regularly appointed by the court, retained by private parties and has testified many times as an expert in probate, conservatorship and trust matters.

Lyn has been selected as a Southern California "Super Lawyer" for the past 15 years and Super Lawyers named him one of the Top 100 attorneys in Southern California in several years. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Arthur K. Marshall Award by the Los Angeles County Bar Association for his outstanding contributions to the probate and trust community.

Presentations:
  • Santa Monica Bar Association, 'Sales of Real Property in Trusts and Estates' (September 2018)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, "Pitfalls in Real Estate Sales in Trusts and Estates" (November 2017)
  • Orange County Bar Association, "Judicial Reference and Arbitration" (April 2016)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, "Avoiding the Most Common Estate Planning Errors: A Perspective From an Estate Planner and a Litigator" (February 2016)
  • Orange County Bar Association, "Judicial Reference and Arbitration" (April 2015)
  • CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar, UCLA, Westwood, “Estate Litigation/Tactical Issues” (March 2015)
  • Los Angeles Paralegal Association, Los Angeles, “Real Estate Issues” (September 2014)
  • CEB/UCLA Extension, Westwood, “Probate Forms” (March 2014)
  • Los Angeles County Bar/Elder Law Committee, LA Superior Court, “Fundamentals of Litigation” (March 2013)
  • Los Angeles County Bar/Elder Law Committee, LA Superior Court, “Fundamentals of Litigation” (January 2013)
  • South Bar Estate Planning Council, Torrance, “Common Mistakes By Planners Which Litigators Love” (November 2012)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, “Outsourcing Probate Matters” (September 2012)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles, “Accountings” (July 2012)
  • Santa Monica Bar Association, Santa Monica, “Trial Skills – What Probate Lawyers Need to Know But Have Been Afraid to Ask” (April 2012)
  • Santa Monica Bar Association, Santa Monica, “Standard of Capacity for Executing Estate Documents – Good Law or Pandora’s Box” (September 2011)
  • CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar, “Estate Litigation” (December 2010)
  • CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar, Orange County, “Practical Estate Asset Management” (June 2010)
  • CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar, Los Angeles, "Practical Estate Asset Management" (May 2010)
  • CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar, Los Angeles, "Creditor Claims Against Decedents" (August 2009)
  • Long Beach Estate Planning Council, Long Beach (December 2008)
  • CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar, Los Angeles, "Estate Litigation" (November 2008)
  • LACBA PVP Committee, Loyola Law School, "Specialized Appointments PVP Training Program" (May 2008)
  • Ventura Estate Planning Council, "Common Mistakes In Ventura Estate Planning and How to Avoid Them" (December 2007)
  • Santa Monica Bar Association, Santa Monica "Developments in 21320 and 21350 Petitions" (September 2007)
  • L.A. County Bar Association, Trust & Probate Section, Los Angeles, "Due Execution of Estate Planning & Related Documentation" (April 2007)
  • LAPA, Los Angeles, "Probate Estate Break-Out: Back and Forward" (October 2006)
  • 79th State Bar Meeting, Monterey, "Fiduciaries, Fraud & Forensics" (October 2006)
  • CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar, Los Angeles,"Estate Litigation: Tactical Issues, Case Studies & Resolution Issues" (September 2006)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association/Real Estate Section, Beverly Hills,"Buying/Selling Real Estate Commissions" (May 2006)
  • Los Angeles Bar Association, Los Angeles,"PVP Training Program" (May 2006)
  • Los Angeles Paralegal Association, Los Angeles,"Creditor Rights Against Trusts & Trust Benefits" (April 2006)
  • Orange County Bar Association - Trusts & Estates Section, Orange County, "Breach of Promise to Leave by Will and Prob. Code § 850 Petitions" (March 2006)
  • State Bar/Trusts & Estates Section, Santa Monica,"Strategic Planning & Tactical Maneuvers in Fiduciary Litigation" (January 2006)
  • CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar, Orange County, "Ethics Malpractice" (January 2006)
  • CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar, San Diego, "Ethics Malpractice" (January 2006)
  • CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar, Los Angeles, "Ethics Malpractice" (January 2006)
Professional Associations:
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Probate and Trusts Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Probate and Trust Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Executive Committee of the LACBA Probate Section, 1993 to 1996
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Executive Committee of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section of the California State Bar, 1996 to 2002
  • State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Consulting Group, 2003 to 2004
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (‘ACTEC'), 1999 to Present
  • UCLA-CEB Advisory Board/Estate Planning Institute, 2003 to Present
Education:
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1967
  • Yale
    • B.A.
Bar Admissions:
  • California, 1968
Honors:
  • Top 100: 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers, 2006, 2019-2020
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2005-2020
  • Arthur K. Marshall Award, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Highest "AV Preeminent (5 out of 5)" Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
Published Works:
  • CEB Action Guide, "Handling a Probate" (2001, 2003, 2013 and 2017)
  • "The Publications: Ubiquitous Heirhunters," Probate Solutions (newsletter)
  • Co-Author with Bruce Ross, "Notification by Trustee: Two Views of the Requirements of New Probate Code § 16061.7: The Sky is Not Falling", CA Trusts & Estates Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 1998
  • Co-Author, "The Great Record Ripoff: Penal Sanctions and State Civil Remedies," University of West Los Angeles Law Review, Vol. VII, 1975
Reported Cases:
  • Estate of Saueressig (2006) 38 Cal.4th 1045
  • Estate of Rabinowitz (2003) 114 Cal.App.4th 635
  • Estate of McGuigan (2000) 83 Cal.App.4th 639
  • Estate of McCrary (1997) 54 Cal.App.4th 100
  • Estate of Luke (1987) 194 Cal.App.3d 1006
  • Bergin v. Portman (1983) 141 Cal.App.3d 23
  • College of Mortuary Science v. County of Los Angeles (1972) 23 Cal.App.3d 702
  • Crowley Launch & Tugboat v. County of Los Angeles (1971) 16 Cal.App.3d 437
  • Savoy Club v. Board of Supervisors (1970) 12 Cal.App.3d 1034
  • Mowrer v. Superior Court (1969) 3 Cal.App.3d 223