Matthew W. McMurtrey, Partner at Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise, focuses his practice exclusively on probate litigation, with a particular emphasis on trusts and estates. His practice includes litigation at all levels of California’s judicial system. He has successfully tried matters before the Probate Department of the Superior Court and has appeared as appellate counsel throughout California. He has also handled several matters before the California Court of Appeal, resulting in multiple published appellate decisions.
Mr. McMurtrey serves as an advocate for a spectrum of clients, from high-net-worth institutions and individuals to modest-income clients seeking to defend their claims and enforce their rights. His result-oriented approach offers each client an honest, unbiased, and realistic assessment of his or her case.
Some representative examples of Mr. McMurtrey’s practice include prosecuting and defending will and trust contests, pursuing creditor’s claims in decedents’ estates, seeking interpretation of wills and trusts, and prosecuting and defending surcharge claims against trustees. Most recently, Mr. McMurtrey successfully represented a trustee petitioner at trial, and respondent on appeal, in an action to determine that her efforts to reform a trust to correct a drafting error would not be a contest. In another case, he successfully defended a trustee against a surcharge petition and obtained court approval of the trustee's voluminous accounting (approximately 5,000 pages) based on the Uniform Prudent Investor Act.
An active member of the legal community, Mr. McMurtrey is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Trusts and Estates Law Section, as well as a member of the executive committee of the State Bar of California Trust and Estates Law Section.