Hinojosa, Lynard C.

Hinojosa, Lynard C.
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Lynard C. Hinojosa

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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.

Practice Areas

  • Probate Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Conservatorship Litigation
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Appeals


  • 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 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)

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


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. – 1967
  • Yale University New Haven, CT
    • B.A.-1964

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1968


  • Top 100: 2006, 2019 – 2021 Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2005-2023
  • 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



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