Catherine M. Swafford

Senior associate

Catherine is a senior associate in the trust, estate and inheritance disputes team.

She practices exclusively in trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation. Her practice includes representing clients in will and trust contests, elder abuse actions, breach of fiduciary duty cases, conservatorships, and related litigation and administration matters brought under the California Probate Code. She has experience litigating cases from the initial stage of filing a petition, through trial and post-judgment.

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State of California, 2005

‘Tom Petty’s Daughters File $5 Million Civil Lawsuit Against His Widow,’ Digital Music News - May 16, 2019, quoted

MCLE Article: Wine Not? The New California Trust Decanting Act,’ California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 25 Issue 1 - 2019, co-author

Estate Planning Council of San Diego, Board of Directors, Secretary

North County Estate Planning Council

San Diego County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section

‘Powers of Appointment: Everything You Need to Know From the Planning and Litigation Perspectives,’ Orange County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section webinar - August 12, 2020, co-presenter

‘Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law: 2019 Year in Review,’ Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association webinar - July 15, 2020, co-presenter

‘Pitfalls in Estate Planning: War Stories, Tips, and Strategies From the Litigation Perspective,’ Withers PCT Training - January 30, 2020, speaker

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My practice enables me to have a significant, direct impact on the lives of my clients

I am passionate about my law practice because it enables me to have a significant, direct impact on the lives of my clients. I maintain close relationships with my clients and enjoy supporting, counseling, and advising them in what are usually difficult, emotional family disputes. I especially take pride in helping to rectify and resolve situations where elder abuse has occurred. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three young children (two of whom are twins). I also enjoy attending UCLA football games, hosting get-togethers for friends and family, cooking, baking and traveling.



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