Joseph M. Morrill

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Walnut Creek, CA

Morrill Law
 | 2175 North California Boulevard, Suite 424
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: 925-322-8615
Fax: 925-357-3151
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (70%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Joseph M. Morrill is the founder of Morrill Law, which has law offices in Walnut Creek, Point Richmond and Martinez, California. A top-rated trial attorney with more than 23 years of legal experience, Mr. Morrill provides invaluable and exceptional representation and support to clients throughout Oakland and surrounding areas of Northern California who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    ·       Will and trust litigation

    ·       Elder abuse

    ·       Conservatorships and guardianships

    ·       Fiduciary representation

    ·       Estate planning

    ·       Probate and trust administration

    ·       Real estate law as it pertains to estates and trusts

    ·       Appeals

    Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Morrill has gained significant experience with both jury and bench trials, and he has secured numerous defense verdicts for trustees and other fiduciaries regarding breaches of fiduciary duty, undue influence, allegations of financial elder abuse and more. He also routinely serves as a witness in trial proceedings, offering in-depth testimony on a variety of related issues at hearings and motions.

    Along with maintaining a successful trial practice, Mr. Morrill also has extensive experience handling negotiations and mediations for his clients, and he is a certified mediator who regularly serves on the Contra Costa Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of Neutrals.

    A 1992 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mr. Morrill obtained his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1996. A leader in his legal community, he is former president of the Contra Costa County Bar Association's Elder Law and Litigation Sections, and he continues to serve on the board of the organization's Elder Law Section and its Estate Planning and Probate Section. He also serves on the board of Contra Costa Senior Legal Services.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 70%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 10%General Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Litigation, Restraining Order, Small Claims

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020

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    About Joseph Morrill

    Admitted: 1996, California

    Professional Webpage: https://morrill.law/law-team/joseph-morrill/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Super Lawyer

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified as a mediator included on the Contra Costa Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of Neutrals

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State of California
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of Neutrals, Contra Costa Superior Court 
    • Board Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Elder Law Section
    • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers
    • Former President, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Elder Law Section
    • Estate Planning Council, Diablo Valley
    • Board Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section
    • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board Member, Contra Costa Senior Legal Services

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Financial and Physical Elder Abuse/Neglect – Detection, Prosecution, & Prevention, BALSF 43rd Annual Seminar, sponsored by the Bay Area Legal Secretaries Forum, April 18, 2009
    • Financial Elder Abuse & Undue Influence, Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association
    • Financial Elder Abuse, Rossmoor Financial Forum Webinar, Continuing Education of the Bar – California
    • An Overview of Capacity and Undue Influence: A Litigator’s Perspective, CEB Webinar, Continuing Education of the Bar – California, June 21, 2018
    • Effective Advocacy in Court, EBTEL Litigation Boot Camp, East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, September 12, 2018
    • Using Trust Funds to Defend Contests and Other Attacks on the Trust, EBTEL Litigation and Mediation sections, East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, August 16, 2017
    • Grandma Died, Grandpa is Dating Again, the Legal Ramifications, 14th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse, Legal Assistance for Seniors, May 21, 2019
    • Undue Influence: When Capacity is Only Part of the Story, 20th Annual MCLE Spectacular, sponsored by CCCBA and the Contra Costa County Bar Association Elder Law Section, November 21, 2014
    • Capacity: The Legal and Medical Ramifications, sponsored by the East Bay Case Management Association, November 13, 2013
    • Bridging the Gap – Elder Law, sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association Barristers Section, February 27, 2015
    • Elder Abuse: Undue Influence, sponsored by the Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association, February 9, 2015
    • Current Strategies in Trust and Will Contest Litigation, sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association CGPT and Litigation Sections, January 25, 2012
    • Financial Elder Abuse: Extraordinary Remedies, sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association Elder Law Section, September 23, 2009

    Educational Background:

    • University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., Majors: Political Science
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    Website - www.morrill.law
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    Office Location for Joseph M. Morrill

    2175 North California Boulevard
    Suite 424
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596

    Phone: 925-322-8615

    Fax: 925-357-3151

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