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Linda J. Retz, Partner

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Linda Retz Headshot Linda J. Retz is certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She dedicates her practice to the creation and implementation of estate plans that are tailored to an individual family’s particular needs and circumstances and to the administration of trusts and decedents’ estates in the State of California, always keeping tax consequences in mind.

Previously, Ms. Retz served as Chair of the California State Bar’s Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission.  She is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the former Chair of its Professional Responsibility Committee.

Ms. Retz was honored by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year in the field of Trusts and Estates in Los Angeles in 2022 and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2010.

She is also an experienced speaker and writer. Please refer to the Presentations & Publications section for a sample of her favorites.

Attorney Education


J.D., Loyola Law School

B.S., University of West Los Angeles

Attorney Admited to Practice


Professional & Community Involvement

UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute | Advisory Board

Presentations & Publications

Co-Presenter | "Planning for Vacation Homes" | UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute
"Legal Services Agreements (or How to Become Engaged)" | USC Trust and Estate Conference
Co-Presenter | "Bifurcating Trustee Duties: Drafting, Tax and Administrative Considerations | UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute
Co-Presenter | "Whose Estate Plan is it? How Much do our Own Values and Biases Affect a Client’s Estate Plan?" | UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute
"Alternatives for Funding Gifts to Minors" | USC Tax Institute
"Generation-Skipping Tax Traps" | California CPA Education Foundation’s Advanced Estate Planning Institute
Co-Presenter | "Sophisticated Irrevocable Trusts" | California Continuing Education of the Bar
Co-Presenter | "Tax Clauses: Contemporary Issues" | UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute
"Building Flexibility into Irrevocable Trusts and Modifying Inflexible Trusts" | USC Probate and Trust Conference