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Carol A. Johnston

Partner
carol.johnston@kattenlaw.com
Los Angeles – Century City Office
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Overview

Carol A. Johnston concentrates her practice in estate and tax planning for individual clients, the representation of fiduciaries, and the administration of estates and trusts. Carol's work involves sophisticated planning techniques for the preservation and protection of family wealth. Her experience includes planning and drafting revocable and irrevocable trusts including dynasty trusts, life insurance planning, premarital planning, and charitable gift planning, including both charitable trusts and the formation of private foundations and public charities. Carol has extensive experience in the administration of high value estates with complex assets, estate tax return preparation, estate tax audits, and all aspects of trust administration and probate procedures.

Carol lectures annually on current developments in estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax to other attorneys for Continuing Education of the Bar. She also serves as chair of the board of trustees for Hollenbeck Palms, Inc., a nonprofit public benefit corporation that provides assisted living and skilled nursing care to seniors.  

Carol is praised by peers as someone who is "knowledgeable and works well with others" (Chambers USA). She has been certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Shown below is a selection of Carol’s engagements.

Recognition

Best Lawyers in America, 2005–2019
Super Lawyers, 2004–2018
Chambers USA – High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law, 2017–2018
Citywealth Leaderslist, 2015–2016
Chambers USA, 2014–2016
Advisories
Firm News
Presentations
July 2018
Speaker | Mitigating Fiduciary Risk | New York, New York
June 2017
Presenter | Mitigating Fiduciary Risk | New York, New York
Carol A. Johnston

Education

  • JD, The University of Chicago Law School
  • BA, Middlebury College, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California

Recognition

Best Lawyers in America
2005–2019
Super Lawyers
2004–2018
Chambers USA – High Net Worth
Private Wealth Law, 2017–2018
Citywealth Leaderslist
2015–2016
Chambers USA
2014–2016
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Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Hollenbeck Palms, Inc., Chair, Board of Trustees
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