John D. Laughton
Law Offices of John D. Laughton

215 W. Franklin St., Suite 411 P.O. Box 3080
Monterey, CA 93940
TEL: (831) 649-1122

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About Law Offices of John D. Laughton

Law Offices of John D. Laughton is a firm focusing on estate planning, probate, trust administration and elder law issues. Based in Monterey, CA, our mission is to provide residents of Monterey and surrounding areas with quality estate planning resources, such as assistance with Living Trusts, Wills (simple & complex), Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, and Charitable Giving. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family's future. Visit our online Estate Planning Information Center to obtain timely, quality information on estate planning and related issues, including complimentary issues of our Special Reports and Estate Planning News articles. Residents of Monterey and surrounding areas can register to attend our Estate Planning Seminars.

About John D. Laughton

Mr. Laughton is an estate planning lawyer in his 31th year of law practice. He became associated with the old firm of Davis & Schroeder in 1978 and became a principal of that firm in 1984. The firm, now called The Law Offices of John D. Laughton, A Professional Law Corporation, is committed to providing personalized legal services in a highly ethical, professional, solution oriented, and cost effective manner. In addition to providing timely and high quality legal services, Mr. Laughton is committed to educating the community about important estate planning issues through public seminars.


His primary area of practice today is estate planning. Such work includes advice concerning and preparation of Wills and Trusts, and the handling of Probates and Trust Administration. He also consults with clients on business and real estate matters that are often related to such estate planning. Such work includes the formation of and the day-to-day counseling of corporations, sole proprietorships, general partnerships, (family) limited partnerships (FLP's), and limited liability companies (LLC's). Related work includes the acquisition, operation and sale of such businesses, commercial leasing, and the purchase, sale or tax deferred exchange of commercial real estate for such clients.


He received his undergraduate degree with Distinction in General Scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley, and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Mr. Laughton is a member of the California State Bar and the American Bar Association, Sections on Real Property, Estates and Trusts. He is also a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA) and The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA). Mr. Laughton is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, including the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Federal Court, Northern District.


Mr. Laughton is a member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army – Monterey Peninsula Corps He has served on the Boy Scouts of America, Monterey Bay Area Council Board of Directors for the past 26 years, and is an Eagle Scout, a former Cubmaster (Pack 38) and Assistant Scoutmaster (Troop 2). He has served on the Chartwell School Board of Trustees, and on the All Saints' Episcopal Day School Board of Trustees (1998 to 2001 and from 2006 to the present). He was appointed to the City of Del Rey Oaks Planning Commission and served between 1985 and 1992.He is active in other community affairs and enjoys pro bono legal work for non-profit organizations. He served in the U.S. Army (Vietnam 1971-1972).

About the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys

The Academy is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing its exclusive membership of attorneys with up-to-date research on estate and tax planning, educational materials, and other important resources to empower them to provide superior estate planning services. The Academy expects members to have at least 36 hours of legal education each year specifically in estate, tax, probate and/or elder law subjects. To ensure this goal is met, the Academy provides over 40 hours of continuing legal education each year. Since 1993, the Academy has also been a highly-regarded and sought-after resource for attorneys and consumers alike, and has been recognized by Consumer Reports, Suze Orman in her book, 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and numerous times by Money Magazine.