Mr. Laughton is an estate planning and elder law lawyer in practice for more than 40 years. He is committed to your peace of mind, problem soving, and providing timely and high quality legal services. Mr. Laughton is committed to educating the community about important estate planning and elder law issues through seminars to the public and privately to small interested groups. He became associated with the firm of Davis & Schroeder in 1978 and became a principal of that firm in 1984. The firm is now The Law Offices of John D. Laughton, A Professional Law Corporation.
Mr. Laughton’s primary areas of practice today are estate planning and elder law. Such work includes advice concerning and preparation of Wills and Trusts, Medi-Cal planning including VA veteran’s benefits, and handling Probates and Trust Administrations for families. He also consults with clients on business and real estate matters, based on his 25 years of experience in those areas that are often related to 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 residential and commercial real estate for such clients.
Mr. Laughton received his undergraduate degree with Distinction in General Scholarship from the U.C. 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 past chair and current member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps. He is a Founding Director of the non-profit Monterey International Blues Festival. He served on the Boy Scouts of America, Monterey Bay Area Council Board of Directors for 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 2012). 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).
Mr. Laughton’s motivation is knowing that what he does has an affirmative impact on the lives of his clients and their families.