Jones & Lester, LLP provides legal services to clients in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in a wide range of practice areas. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in Southern California and our firm is recognized in the legal community our prompt, efficient, and innovative approach to client support. The result is a successful track record of favorable results and continual client satisfaction. Our practice areas include:
- Corporate & Business Law
- Business Litigation
- Trust & Estate Litigation
- Succession & Estate Planning
- Trust Administration & Probate
- Real Estate
- Public Agency Law
- Computer Law
Corporate & Business Law
At Jones & Lester, our business law practice centers on the prompt, practical, and effective resolution of legal issues. We regularly advise clients involved in business structuring and formation, helping them decide whether a corporate, partnership, or limited liability model is most advantageous to their business plan. Our attorneys represent clients involved in complex business transactions, including joint ventures, purchases and sales, mergers, buy/sell agreements, distribution agreements, licensing agreements, executive compensation plans, and employee contracts. We also assist clients with business matters concerning government regulation, employment practices, and aviation transactions. To learn more about this practice area, visit our corporate and business law page.
Our firm handles a variety of business litigation matters, including property damage, securities, contract law, insurance coverage, unfair competition, unfair trade practices, antitrust law, eminent domain, creditors' rights, environmental law, insolvency proceedings, and landlord and tenant law. Each of our attorneys has decades of trial experience in state and federal courts, as well as strategic expertise in hearings before arbitration, administrative, and regulatory agencies, as well as other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. We also represent employers involved in litigation arising from their employment practices. Jones & Lester provides legal services based on cost-effective solutions, encouraging settlement while promptly and aggressively pursuing litigation if settlement is not in the client’s best interests. Our business litigation page has more information about this practice area.
Trust & Estate Litigation
We provide comprehensive representation to fiduciaries and beneficiaries in probate proceedings and trust and estate administration. Our clients regularly appreciate our knowledgeable advice on ways and means to avoid controversy and litigation. In particular, mediation is often an effective method of alternative dispute resolution due to the frequency of intra-family disputes and the unique considerations that accompany the preservation of family relationships. When litigation remains unavoidable, however, our experienced and highly effective litigators are prepared to represent clients in court, whether the dispute involves a will or trust contest, the defense or prosecution of a fiduciary, a conservatorship dispute, or a proceeding to recover wrongfully diverted assets. For more information, visit our trust and estate litigation page.
Succession & Estate Planning
Jones & Lester assists clients with a wide range of estate planning matters, including the preparation of trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, and advance health care directives. Drawing on the expertise of our partner who is a California Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law, we also assist clients with business succession and charitable planning. Tax planning is an inherent part of the estate planning process, and we routinely advise our clients on estate planning strategies to minimize income, gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. For further information, see our succession & estate planning page.
Trust Administration & Probate
In addition to estate planning, our attorneys perform a wide variety of services related to the administration of decedents’ estates and trusts, including comprehensive trust and probate administration services. Our goal is to afford our clients and their families sound advice and peace of mind. To learn more about this area of our practice, visit our trust administration & probate page.
Our attorneys regularly encounter real estate legal issues and have substantial expertise in handling matters such as real estate partnerships, purchases, sales, leases, financing, development, brokerage, taxation, real estate operations, zoning, construction, environmental matters, escrow, eminent domain, and title insurance. Working with architects, developers, land owners, investors, buyers, landlords, tenants, contractors, commercial and residential real estate brokers, and a wide variety of other corporate and individual clients, we have considerable experience resolving disputes and controversies arising out of real estate activities. Our real estate page has additional details about this practice area.
Public Agency Law
Our firm has extensive experience representing major local public agencies in areas of law unique to such public entities. We have served as general counsel to special districts and local transportation agencies, including a private non-profit agency incorporated to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act transportation mandate. Our attorneys are often involved not only in extremely complex litigation matters, but also in the structuring of transactions of significant financial and public importance.
Our business law practitioners have a solid foundation in tax law based on decades of experience in the representation of individuals, partnerships, and corporations in transactions that require tax analysis and structuring. We routinely consult and coordinate with our clients' financial officers and accountants in order to effectively meet our clients' needs. Our partners are admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court and represent business clients and individuals at tax audits, as well as administrative and court proceedings. We also represent individual clients requiring advice and guidance for estate tax matters.
Another aspect of the Jones & Lester business practice involves computer law and related litigation. We handle contract disputes and business torts arising from automated technology. Torts actions in this setting can be brought for economic and other damages on theories of intentional misrepresentation, negligence, and strict liability. For many of today’s businesses, determination of personal jurisdiction may be affected by internet-based business dealings conducted across state lines.