Terrence M. Franklin

Terrence M. Franklin

Partner
Location:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
213-617-7266
Fax:
213-617-9350
Email:

Terrence M. Franklin is a seasoned attorney with nearly a quarter century of experience handling trust and estates and probate litigation, disputes and appeals. His breadth of experience underscores the firm's long-standing reputation and the reason clients turn to the firm for complex cases involving significant dollar amounts.

Mr. Franklin has extensive trial and appellate experience, including successful published appeals and the landmark Moeller case, which was brought before the California Supreme Court. 16 Cal. 4th 1124.

An active member of the trusts and estates legal community, he serves on the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), where he is committed to improving the level of membership and engagement among diverse and minority lawyers. He is working with ACTEC to develop strategies to make the trust and estates practice area more attractive to minority law students and young attorneys, and was instrumental in developing a diversity and inclusivity mission statement for ACTEC, and a fellowship to support potential future fellows in the college. In addition, Mr. Franklin serves on the Board of Regents of ACTEC, the California Membership Committee, and the Fiduciary Litigation Committee.

Mr. Franklin is a member of the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Real Property, Trust and Estate Section; former Council Member and Supervisory Council Member for the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group; Former Vice Chair of the Practice Group Management; and Former Chair of the Ethics and Malpractice Committee.

Mr. Franklin is frequently called upon as a speaker to national, state and local estate planning, trust, and probate groups, such as ACTEC, ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, and USC Probate and Trust Conference, where he is also a long-standing Planning Committee member.

Mr. Franklin was ranked by Chambers and Partners High Net Worth guide in the Private Wealth Disputes category for 2017 and 2018. He has been named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers every year since 2005, and has been included on the list of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2011. Mr. Franklin was also named Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in 2016 for Trusts & Estates Litigation -Los Angeles which is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location.

Admitted to practice in California, Mr. Franklin is a graduate of Harvard Law School and obtained his Bachelors of Science from Northwestern University. Prior to Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise, he practiced with the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster and as a partner at Ross, Sacks & Glazier, LLP.

Areas of Practice

  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Conservatorship Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1989

Education

  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1989
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA
    • B.S. - 1984

Published Works

Classes/Seminars

  • “The 1846 Last Will of John Sutton: What's New and Not So New in the World of Drafting Wills and Contest Litigation", Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate and Estate Planning Seminar - Ohio State Bar Association, September 2018
  • "The 1846 Last Will of John Sutton", Cincinnati Estate Planning Council, April 2018
  • "Estate Planners and Other Advisors Working Together: Are Your Communications Protected?", American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, April 2018
  • "The 1846 Last Will of John Sutton – What’s Not So New in Will Drafting and Contests"; Trust Asset Protection Through a Tri-Focal Lens; Ethics and Negotiations, 52nd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, January 2018
  • "Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession", Beverly Hills Bar Association MCLE Extravaganza, November 2017 and January 2018
  • "The 1846 Last Will of John Sutton - What's Not So New in Will Drafting and Contests, Through the Looking Glass Symposium, January 2018
  • "You’re Keepin’ Too Many Secrets from Me: Lawyers and Other Advisors Working Together – Are Your Communications Privileged?" American College of Trust and Estate Council, October 2017
  • "The Last Will of Lucy Sutton: One Family’s Legal Odyssey from Slavery to Freedom" on the panel "Liberation and the Law: Slavery and Freedom," National Underground Railroad Conference and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference, May 2017
  • "Ethics and Mediation: The Highs and Lows of Taming Two Broncos", ABA Real Property Trust & Estate Law 29th Annual Spring Symposia, April 2017
  • "The 1846 Last Will of John Sutton: What's New and Not So New in the World of Drafting Wills and Contest Litigation", Beverly Hills Bar Association Trusts & Estates section, January 2017
  • "Hot Topics in Estate, Trust and Conservatorship Litigation; Contests after Death, Pre-Death Contests, and Intentional Interference with Expected Inheritance (Among Other Things)", ALI-CLE Educational Session, Estate Planning in Depth, Madison, WI, June 2016
  • Presenter, "The Trustee's Exercise of Discretion", ACTEC Continuing Legal Education Program: The Anatomy and Life Cycle of a Trust, Philadelphia, June 2016
  • "Testamentary Intent and Social Change. The Story of How a Last Will Allowed the Sutton Family to Be Free", ABA RPTE Spring Symposium, Boston, MA, May 2016
  • “The Will Contest of John Sutton,” Texas Bar CLE 22nd Annual Course, Advanced Estate Planning Strategies, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 2016
  • "What’s New and Not So New In Will Contests", Estate Planning Council of New York City, April 2016
  • "A Family History of Wills in the Antebellum South", USC Gould School of Law 41st Annual Trust and Estate Conference, Los Angeles, California, November 2015
  • "Speaker, Diversity and Elimination of Bias", USC Gould School of Law's 40th Anniversary Trust and Estate Conference
  • Presenter, "Planning for Flexibility," ACTEC Continuing Legal Education Program: The Anatomy and Life Cycle of a Trust, Philadelphia, June 2013
  • Moderator, "Is Your Spouse a Trust Beneficiary? State Law Holds the Key for Same Sex Spouses", ABA Real Property Trust and Estates Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 2013
  • Coordinator, "Thy Will Be Done, By Will or By Deed: Discrimination in Real Property Trust and Estate Law, ABA Real Property Trust and Estates Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 2013
  • Lecturer, ABA-RPTE Paralegal eLearning Program
  • Lecturer, USC Probate and Trust Conference
  • Lecturer, Southern California Tax & Estate Planning Forum
  • Lecturer, Matthew Bender & Co.
  • Lecturer, Practicing Law Institute, New York & California
  • Lecturer, American Colleges of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Lecturer, American Bar Association, Real Property & Trust Law Section
  • Lecturer, California Continuing Education of the Bar

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2017 and 2018: Southern California, Private Wealth Disputes
  • "Lawyer of the Year" Litigation – Trust & Estates, Los Angeles - Best Lawyers 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2011 - present
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005 - present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Former Council Member
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Supervisory Council Member, Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Former Vice Chair, Practice Group Management
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Former Chair, Ethics and Malpractice Committee
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Former Chair, Attorneys Partnering with Nonlawyers Committee
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Former Member, National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Member, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Member, California Membership Committee
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Member, Fiduciary Litigation Committee
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Former Member, Program Committee
  • ACTEC Foundation, Member, Board of Directors
  • State Bar of California, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Section, Former Member, Litigation Sub-Committee
  • University of Southern California Probate & Trust Conference, Member, Planning Committee
  • California Board of Legal Specialization, Former Member, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Advisory Committee
  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Former Member
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Diversity Task Force
  • Outfest, Co-President, Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • Morrison & Foerster, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ross, Sacks & Glazier, Partner

Languages

  • French