November 9, 2016
Presented by: Christopher B. Johnson, Attorney
Pop music legend Prince died April 21, far too early, without a will or any estate planning in place. Prince Rogers Nelson left a number of legal issues behind–we’ll explore those, including intestacy, the fight for control of the estate, who’s in and who’s out as family, the tax issues and plans for the future.
Christopher B. Johnson focuses his practice on the areas of trusts, wills, estate planning, probate and trust litigation and elder law. He is based in Pasadena but serves clients throughout Southern California.
Prior to establishing his own practice, he was a Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer with U.S. Trust, serving Southern California high net worth and ultra high net worth families in their wealth transfer planning and with trust services. Before U.S. Trust, he was a founding member of the Arroyo Law Group, Russakow | Ryan | Johnson, and his own estate planning and probate practice in Pasadena, as well as a civil litigation lawyer for the Law Office of Errol Berk in Ventura.
He has appeared on NBC-TV news and radio programs to discuss estate planning and probate issues and is a frequent speaker to attorneys and community groups, and has just been named to MyLawCLE’s advisory board. He is a member of the Trusts & Estates sections of the Los Angeles County and Pasadena Bar Associations, the City of Hope Music and Entertainment Industry Committee and the board of the Cancer Support Community – Pasadena.
He is a 1994 graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. He was a Dean’s Scholar, and an extern at the legal department of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and for the Honorable Barry Russell, Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Wheaton College in 1991. He is admitted to practice in all California state courts and the United States District Court, Central District.
He is also the proud father of two sons and enjoys biking, tennis, traveling and architecture appreciation in his spare time. He is a Southern California native, having grown up in Arcadia and Palm Springs, and is the third generation of his family to work in estate planning.