What’s new and what’s changed in 2021-2022 that is relevant to estate, conservatorship, trust, and probate law in California? What are the recent developments in Business and Professions Code that impact professional fiduciaries? Join this session hosted by Withers trust and estate partners, Jeremy Moffit, Matthew Owens, and Catherine Swafford, to learn the latest in case, statutory, judicial council form, and Business and Professions Code developments impacting professional fiduciaries.
Recent Updates on Cases, Statutes, and Fiduciary Regulations in Trust and Estate Law
Catherine Swafford, Esq.
Catherine Swafford is a partner in the trust, estate and inheritance disputes team at the international law firm, Withers Bergman LLP, in the San Diego office. She practices exclusively in trust, estate, conservatorship, elder abuse and fiduciary litigation. Her practice includes representing clients in will and trust contests, elder abuse actions, breach of fiduciary duty and accounting cases, conservatorships, intestacy and heirship disputes, contract to make a will disputes, creditor claim disputes and related litigation and administration matters brought under the California Probate Code. Catherine has extensive experience litigating cases from the initial stage of filing a petition through discovery, including depositions, and finally through mediations, trial, and post-judgment.
Jeremiah (Jeremy) Moffit, Esq.
Jeremy is a partner in the trust and estate litigation team at the international law firm, Withers Bergman LLP, and is the office managing director of the San Diego office. He focuses on trust, estate, conservatorship and fiduciary related litigation. He represents clients in litigation and administration matters, including trust administrations, probate administrations, wills and trust contests, accountings, fiduciary representation, creditor’s claims proceedings, conservatorships, and elder abuse matters.
Jeremy devotes his practice to the representation of private clients, fiduciaries, charities, and their related trusts and entities. He has served as the lead attorney on hundreds of contested matters in Probate Court, including trust disputes and contests, administration issues, conservatorships, fiduciary duty compliance, accountings, elder abuse, tax issues, appeals, and attorney malpractice in the trust and estates field. As a result, Jeremy has tried several cases to the Superior Court in California and via private arbitration.
Matthew Owens, Esq.
Matt is a senior associate in the trust and estate litigation team. Matt focuses his practice on trust, estate, and inheritance disputes. He has prosecuted and defended a wide range of matters in probate court, including trust contests, elder abuse actions, accountings, contested conservatorships and claims involving breach of fiduciary duty. His clients include high net worth individuals and families, corporate trustees, and private professional fiduciaries. Matt has successfully handled several trials and arbitrations of trust and estate disputes. He also handles appeals and was one of the attorneys of record in Funsten v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (2016) 2 Cal.App.5th 959.
Matt is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. A leader in the legal community, Matt speaks and writes on trust and estate litigation topics and serves on the California Lawyers Association Trusts and Estates Section Subcommittee on Membership, Marketing, and Social Media and as Vice Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section’s Executive Committee. He was ranked on Legal Week’s Private Client “Ones to Watch” list in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2013.