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Susan T. House

Susan T. House

Pasadena, California
Partner
Phone: 
626.796.9123
Fax: 
626.449.7357
Ms. House is the head of the firm's trust and estates practice group and is a Certified Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She handles primarily complex estate planning and trust and estates administration. She is often called upon to mediate litigated matters, to advise other lawyers on ethical issues that arise in the trust and estates context, and to speak to other lawyers regarding developments in her field.
Education 

University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
J.D. 1975

Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
A.B. 1971
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Published Works 

California Conservatorships, (Co-author), CEB, 2nd Ed., 1983

California Conservatorships and Guardianships, (Co-author), CEB, June, 1990

Guide to the California Rules of Professional Conduct, (Co-Editor), 1st Ed., State Bar of California, 1997, and 2nd Ed., 2008

Postmortem Tax Planning - Selected Postmortem Options, Elections and Dilemmas, 36 USC Tax Institute, 1984

Estate Planning with an International Flavor, 42 USC Tax Institute, 1990

California Will Drafting Practice, (Consultant), CEB, 1982

California Elder Law - An Advocate's Guide, (Consultant), CEB, 1993

California Trusts & Estates Quarterly, published by the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section, 1993 - 1995, Editor

California Estate Planning - Chapter 2, Ethical Considerations, CEB, 2002

Honors and Awards 

Pasadena YWCA, Women of Excellence in Law Award (March 2001)

The Arthur K. Marshall Award given by the Trusts & Estates Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2009)

Southern California Super Lawyer (2004-2016)

Professional Associations and Memberships 

Pasadena Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association
Member

Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1986-1991
Member, Executive Committee Estate Planning,
Probate and Trust Section

The State Bar of California
Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section
Chair (1998-1999)
Advisor (1994-1997 and 1999-2002)
Executive Committee (TEXCOM, 1991-2002)
Member (1991-1994)

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
Fellow
President (March 2017-2018)
President-Elect (2016-2017)
Vice President (2015-2016)
Treasurer (2014-2015)
Secretary (2013-2014)
Regent (2000-2006)
California State Chair (1996-2001)

USC Gould School of Law Institute of Federal Taxation
Member, Planning Committee

UCLA - CEB Estate Planning Institute
Member (Co-Chair of the Advisory Board, 2006-2009)

International Academy of Estate And Trust Law
Academician

Huntington Memorial Hospital Senior Care Network (1986-1998)
Chair, Legal Advisory Board

The University Club of Pasadena (1993)
President

Certifications/Specialties 
Certified Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Classes/Seminars Taught 
Speaker or Panelist in numerous programs on Conservatorships and Guardianships, Will Drafting, The Mathematics of Estate Planning, Recent Developments in Estate Planning and Probate Administration, Ethics, HIPAA, Will and Trust Drafting, and Hot Topics
Speaker or Panelist, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section Annual Symposium, Los Angeles County Bar, 1986 and 1990
Frequest speaker, USC Tax Institute, USC Probate and Trust Conference; ALI-ABA, UCLA - CEB Estate Planning Institute and The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel national meetings