Joseph McHugh is an experienced California Asset Protection/Estate Planning Attorney located in Glendale, CA. He is the managing attorney in LA Law Center, LLP, specializing in Asset Protection; Estate Planning; Wills, Trusts, Probate, including the establishment of Private Foundations and Charitable Planning.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from California State University at Fullerton in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Finance and Accounting. Joe started his first career at Disneyland as a popcorn vendor and eventually was working in the project finance division of Walt Disney’s design group, Walt Disney Imagineering, Joe spent years with the Disney organization in the areas of project development and contract administration. In 1986, Joe graduated from Whittier College School of Law, and became a member of the California State Bar. Joe spent several years helping clients plan businesses and projects, and has acted as in-house counsel raising equity funding, creating joint ventures and subsidiary companies, and various international business transactions.
Starting with the birth of his first child in 1987, Joe developed a special interest in Estate Planning and Elder Law. Personal knowledge of problems suffered by family and friends related to the need for asset protection, or probate, elder law, estate taxes, family discord, and other situations that could have been planned for and avoided, focused Joe on the course of Asset Protection, Estate Planning and Elder Law as his primary legal practice. Saving families assets has become his passion and he is confident that his asset protection experience and legal problem-solving methods are unique compared to the average estate planning attorney or any online legal service! He offers comprehensive “Life Planning” approach and encourages clients to address issues related to their family, business, assets, obligations, health care and end-of-life decisions, and, of course, to properly document their wishes and decisions.
Joe is an active member of the State Bar of California, as well as the Bar’s Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform and the Los Angeles County Bar, the Beverly Hills Bar, The Irish American Bar, the Glendale Bar. A frequent seminar speaker, Joe resides in Southern California with his wife, Kathy and his children Shannon and Trevor. After 20 years, he just retired as a Civilian Volunteer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.
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