Jeffrey Lapota

Partner

Overview

Jeff's practice focuses on all aspects of estate, gift and generation skipping tax planning, the administration of trusts and estates, planned charitable giving, and premarital agreements.

Tax Planner

Jeff has experience with succession planning, such as the transition of control of family-owned businesses and providing an inheritance in a manner that fosters the ambition of heirs and protects children's inherited wealth from themselves and others. He has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs in the real estate industry, which includes structuring tax advantaged wealth transfers as well as succession planning for the ownership and management of real estate companies.

Advisor To Fiduciaries And Charitable Foundations

Having successfully guided numerous fiduciary clients through all aspects of the administration of multi-million dollar trusts and estates, Jeff is also efficient in preparing numerous estate tax returns and counseling his clients through numerous gift and estate tax audits. Jeff has significant experience with creating and advising charitable foundations and is knowledgeable about property tax issues relevant to fiduciary clients.

Trusts And Estate Litigator

Jeff also handles trust and estate-related disputes, including post-death disputes between beneficiaries and/or family members and relating to family-controlled entities. In particular, he has successfully defended against a multi-million dollar trust contest concerning alleged lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence by obtaining summary judgment in favor of his client, which led to the settlement of a related elder abuse action on favorable terms.

Awards &
Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1975, cum laude
  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1968, summa cum laude