Estate Planning

Experienced Manhattan Beach Estate Planning Attorney

When people think of estate planning, they might think of it primarily as a question of what happens to their money. But to us it is about so much more than money; it is about your ability to create a future for your family and loved ones that provides for their emotional, physical, and financial needs in a way that reflects your values and vision.

One of the foundational missions of law firm is to provide the type of personalized help that recognizes that no two families are the same; and that often the things we want to pass down to our children and heirs are the family guidance and values that no amount of money can buy. It is this guidance and values that will help our loved ones live secure and stable lives full of opportunity and rich with resources and support. A compassionate Manhattan Beach estate planning attorney will take care of your family needs first.

Build Your Family’s Legacy

The process involves a range of legal tools and instruments, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other resources that can help you plan not only for your family’s future but your own future as well. At its basic level, it involves a decision of what parties should receive your property upon your death (without a will, a California court will decide for you) as well as basic asset protection issues related to probate and taxes.

Firm founder and Manhattan Beach estate planning attorney Thomas Ledbetter found an interest in estate legal matters in 2009 with the birth of his first daughter. When he and his wife searched for planning advice and found that, while many attorneys offered such advice, it was limited to those most basic issues of who should receive property and how to protect assets. What was missing was guidance on how to pass down values and build meaningful family legacies.

Thomas saw that there was a shortage of attorneys who have the ability to work with families and property holders to determine what those values are, who can envision future legacies guided by those values, and who can implement the proper tools and strategies to make those future visions a reality. Seeing a need, Thomas decided to become such an attorney.

Since 2009, Thomas has devoted himself to gaining the experience and skills to help families (especially those with young children) and small business owners to create strategies that not only create financial security for years to come but also work to carry on family legacies while evolving and adapting to changing circumstances. Below are just a few of the types of tools that our Manhattan Beach estate planning lawyers incorporate to help families and businesses:


As a father of young children, Thomas knows it is never too early to begin planning for the benefit of your loved ones. Starting now will give your family a secure future while giving you the peace of mind that you’re doing all you can for them.

Our clients run the gamut from those who have a deep financial knowledge from work or schooling to those who are absolute newcomers to financial planning. Wherever you are on the spectrum, our Manhattan Beach estate planning law firm is here to help you build your legacy.

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What Our Clients Say

“Tom was able to take the complex and daunting task of putting together an estate plan and made it much simpler by asking the right questions, focusing on what really mattered, and getting it documented the right way. His down to earth nature, ability to explain things in non-lawyer terms and his deep estate planning expertise made him an excellent fit for our family and estate planning needs.”

Vish Chatterji

“I hired Tom Ledbetter to represent my company in a contentious contract dispute. One of his main strengths was communicating to me the various procedures and legal strategies throughout the litigation. His exceptional advocacy and knowledge are why I recommend him. Tom now represents my company in drafting and negotiation all of our contracts.”

Giorgia Mannucci