Founder's Biography

The passion Richard Macgurn brought to his work evolved after his father's death in the summer before his junior year of college.  Over the next five years, while he completed college and law school, his father's estate remained in probate.  On behalf of his family, Mr. Macgurn filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to compel the distribution of the estate and to recover losses caused by the executor's delay and failure to pay estate taxes.  In response to those early lessons, Richard Macgurn dedicated his practice to the prompt and efficient provision of quality legal services and he has resolved to do all he can to help others through the difficult, and often emotional, legal process after the death of a loved one.

In 1974, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Claremont Men's College (now Claremont McKenna).  In 1977, Mr. Macgurn earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California and to the United States District Court Southern District.  In 1987, Mr. Macgurn was admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and in 1991 was certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law.  Richard Macgurn is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the North San Diego County Bar Association.  He has served as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in the North San Diego County Superior court, as an expert witness on trust, estate planning and probate issues, and as a mentor to paralegals, law clerks, and new attorneys.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad since 1994 and the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad Foundation since 2015.  Mr. Macgurn is married with three sons and two amazing grandchildren.