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Kent Kristof

Kent Kristof

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Partner Kent L. Kristof has practiced exclusively on Probate Court matters for over 16 years, primarily focusing on litigated cases. For six consecutive years, he has been recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers, a distinction conferred on only 2.5% of attorneys. Partner Kent L. Kristof routinely serves on both the Court Appointed Counsel Panel (formerly the Probate Volunteer Panel) and the Probate Court's Pro Bono Settlement Program. Partner Kent L. Kristof served as the American Bar Association's Young Lawyer Division's Liaison to the Commission On Law And Aging, where he was involved with the Uniform Elder Abuse Act. Partner Kent L. Kristof has conducted sessions training for other lawyers on trusts and estates. Partner Kent L. Kristof possesses a Master of Arts with an emphasis in legal history and has earned an LLM (Master of Law) in Estate Planning And Elder Law. Partner Kent L. Kristof is a Candidate for his Doctorate in Juridical Science (JSD) quantifying the impact of probate law and the Probate Court on Los Angeles County.

Practice Areas

  • Estate/Trust Litigation
  • Conservatorships
  • Protection From Elder Abuse
  • Probate & Trust Administration

Representative Cases

  • Represented children against their father’s abuser in efforts to protect their inheritance, while striving to recover real estate and multiple vehicles. After acrimonious litigation spanning several cases, with combined claimes reaching $9 million, represented children in a successful mediation. (Diaz cases) 2022.
  • Pursued heirs’ claims against law firm who represented the estate’s former Administrator after she looted all of the estate’s property.  Litigation spanned several California counties, included cooperation with law enforcement, and spread to include national financial institutions as respondents.  After lengthy litigation and close examination of reams of financial documents, the heirs’ inheritances were satisfied. (Estate of Ballard), 2021
  • Defended former Court Appointed Counsel in vitriolic litigation. Took through trial and was granted extraordinary sanctions which were published statewide.  On appeal from the sanctions motion, the logic of the sanctions motion was unanimously approved.” (Guerra/Alvarado), 2020
  • Protected client’s and estate’s interests during hotly contested litigation involving overlapping assertions of elder abuse, contractual disputes, and significant tax implications.  Secured inheritance of controlling interest in family business, valued between $2,550,000 and $4,000,000. (Falkenborg 2001 Trust), 2019
  • Engaged in multi-faceted litigation to protect widow from aggressive step-sons.  For the widow, recovered valuable real property, and monies for legal fees, from the aggressors. (Barrett matters), 2016
  • Defended Trustee/beneficiary in litigation, spanning multiple cases, with significant international components.  Favorably resolved with client retaining income producing properties and other assets totaling several million dollars. (Zubillaga matters), 2017
  • Intervened, on behalf of clients, in probate that had languished for some 20 years. Engaged in speedy and efficient litigation on multiple fronts. Obtained beneficial recovery to clients while maximizing value of estate. Total recovered for clients approximately $1,040,000.  (Strauss matters), 2015
  • Pursued heinous elder abuse action on behalf of elder. In addition to other recovery, obtained Elder Abuse Restraining Orders, with “move-out” Orders. Total recovery exceeded $613,500. Collaborated with Los Angeles County District Attorney in obtaining a felony conviction against abuser. Conservatorship of Olson and related matters), 2012
  • Prosecuted and defended against multiple legal actions, in three counties within California, between clients and their opponent. Total recovery of $750,000 to clients. (Estate of Knuth and related matters), 2009


  • Doctorate of Juridical Science (Pending)
    • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
  • LL.M. in Estate Planning And Elder Law
    • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Juris Doctorate
    • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
  • Master of Arts with emphasis in Legal History
    • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California
  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
  • Honors: With High Honors
  • Major: History
  • Minor: Spanish
    • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California

Bar Admissions

  • California State Courts and Courts of Appeal
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Published Works

  • Doctoral dissertation: “Economics of Probate Administration: Efficiencies and ‘Full Cost’ of Delays” (Pending), Loyola Law School
  • “Respiratory Care Board Regulatory Update”, California Regulatory Law Reporter, Pending
  • “Board of Registered Nursing Regulatory Update”, California Regulatory Law Reporter, Pending
  • "Drake And The Law", Master’s Thesis
  • "CEB Practitioner," Contributor, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)

Appellate Cases

  • In re Conservatorship of Alvarado, unpublished, 2020, B288147
  • In re Estate of Falkenborg, Pending, 2020, B305925
  • Estate of Knuth and Related Matters, 2009
  • Conservatorship of Olson and Related Matters, 2012
  • Strauss Matters, 2015
  • Zubillaga Matters, 2017
  • Barrett Matters, 2016
  • Falkenborg 2001 Trust, 2019
  • Guerra/Alvarado, 2020
  • Estate of Ballard, 2021
  • Diaz Cases, 2022

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division to the Commission on Law And Aging, Liason, 2014 to 2016
  • Amicus Briefs Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, 2013 to 2014
  • Center for Civic Mediation, Mediator, 2012 to 2020
  • Attorney-Client Mediation And Arbitration Services, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Arbitrator, 2012 to 2020
  • Pro Bono Probate Settlement Program, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Settlement Officer, 2013 to Present
  • Los Angeles County (formerly Probate Volunteer Panel), Court Appointed Counsel, 2010 to Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association California State Bar Conference of Delegates, Delegate, 2009 to 2009
  • Los Angeles County Guardianship Clinic, Attorney Volunteer, 2010 to 2012
  • Phi Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Member/ Officer, 1997 to 2001
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, Member, 1998 to 2001
  • California Lawyers Association: Trusts & Estates; Litigation, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association: Trusts & Estates; Litigation, Member


  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • Top Attorney, Pasadena Weekly
  • Best Attorney/Law Firm, Pasadena Weekly
  • Super Lawyers

Classes & Seminars

  • “Economics of Probate: The Impact of Probate Administration in the World’s 16th Largest Economy”, Georgetown University Law Center, National Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) Roundtable, 2018
  • “Post-Death Trust Administration”, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2018
  • "Impact of Probate in Los Angeles County - a Report on case filings, costs, and economics", South Bay Bar Association (forthcoming)


  • Spanish