Neil Solarz counsels his clients on estate planning, wealth transfer and trust and probate administration. Applying over 30 years of experience and an empathetic, caring approach, Neil focuses on getting to know his clients, their families, business dealings and concerns. His clients appreciate this effort, as it helps Neil drive consensus among family members during the planning phases and reduces the emotional stress common to trust and probate administration.

In addition to being certified in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, Neil has significant experience in business transactions. As a result, business owners commonly seek Neil’s advice regarding business succession and wealth planning strategies. Neil finds that his knowledge of business transactions combined with his specialization in estate planning and trust administration generates creative and effective solutions for his clients.

For over 10 years, Neil has taught Estate and Gift Taxation and Estate Planning at UCLA Extension. He also is a frequent lecturer on a wide range of topics in Estate Planning and Trust Administration. He has been a speaker for the Continuing Education of the Bar, National Business Institute and the USC Probate/Trust Conference, among others. Not only does Neil enjoy sharing knowledge as an instructor, it keeps him at the forefront of recent developments and cutting edge planning options.

Neil has earned great respect from both clients and peers, as reflected by the highest rating, “AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 / 5.0,” by Martindale-Hubbell and having been named a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers® each year since 2004. Additionally, Neil has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© each year since 2013. He has received the additional distinction of being included in the “Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers® from 2009-2011.

Education

  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1977
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1974
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Certification

  • Certified Specialist – Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association: 1996 – present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association: 1997 – present

Speaking & Teaching

Teaching Positions

  • Estate & Gift Tax, UCLA Extension, 1998 – Present
  • Estate Planning, UCLA Extension, 2002 – Present

Notable Speaking Engagements

  • Late Funding of Subtrusts, USC Gould School of Law 42nd Annual Trust and Estate Conference, November 18, 2016
  • Grantor TrustsNational Business Institute: Trusts: The Ultimate Guide, December 8-9, 2015
  • Spouses’ Elective Share vs. Second Probate and
    Post-Mortem Planning, Trust Administration, and Tax Hurdles
    , National Business Institute: Probate Boot Camp, August 25, 2015
  • Trusts 101: Grantor Trusts, National Business Institute, 2014
  • Fees for Fiduciaries and their Attorneys, USC Probate/Trust Conference, 2010
  • Planning with the Clock Running: 2010 is Just Around the Corner, USC Probate/Trust Conference, 2004
  • Probate Procedures, National Business Institute, 2002
  • Advanced Post Mortem Planning, National Business Institute, 2000
  • Post Death Trust Funding, CEB, 1998

Media & Publications

Media

Honors & Awards

  • “The Best Lawyers in America®,” Best Lawyers, 2013-Present
  • “AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 / 5.0” Peer Review Rated and Client Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • “Southern California Super Lawyers,” Super Lawyers®, 2004-Present
  • “Five Star Professional – Estate Planning Attorney,” Los Angeles, 2014
  • “Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers,”Super Lawyers®, 2009–2011, 2015-2018, 2020

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April 15, 2020

Neil Solarz Quoted in U.S. News & World Report Article About Estate Planning During Coronavirus

Neil Solarz was recently quoted in Susannah Snider’s U.S. News & World Report article “How to Write a Will (and Other Important Documents) During Coronavirus.” The article...

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August 16, 2019

Ten Attorneys from Weinstock Manion Selected to Best Lawyers in America 2020

Weinstock Manion is pleased to announce that Sussan Shore, Neil Solarz, Jonathan Forster, Martin Neumann, Robert Strauss, Blake Rummel, Gary Borofsky, Jeffrey Geida, Jessica Babrick,...

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July 1, 2019

Ten of the Firm’s Attorneys Selected to 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers

Robert Strauss was selected for Estate Planning & Probate and Closely Held Business; Neil Solarz for Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, and Tax: Consumer; Sussan Shore for...

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July 26, 2018

Sussan Shore, Neil Solarz and Martin Neumann Included in Thomson Reuters’ Top Super Lawyers Lists

Sussan Shore, Neil Solarz and Martin Neumann were recently selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ “Top 100” list for the 2018 edition of Southern California Super Lawyers. This honor is received by...

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February 1, 2018

Ten of the Firm’s Attorneys Selected to 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers

Robert Strauss was selected for Estate Planning & Probate and Closely Held Business; Neil Solarz for Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, and Tax: Consumer; Sussan Shore for...

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August 10, 2017

Six Attorneys from Weinstock Manion Selected to Best Lawyers in America 2018

Weinstock Manion is pleased to announce that Sussan Shore, Neil Solarz, Jonathan Forster, Martin Neumann, Robert Strauss, and Jessica Babrick have been named to the...

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April 30, 2017

Sussan H. Shore and Neil Solarz Make 2017 Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers List

Weinstock Manion congratulates Sussan H. Shore and Neil Solarz for making the Thomson Reuters Southern California “Super Lawyers” “Top 100” list. Sussan also made the “Top 50...

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April 30, 2017

Nine of the Firm’s Attornys Named to List of 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers

Robert Strauss was selected for Estate Planning & Probate and Closely Held Business; Neil Solarz for Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, and Tax: Consumer; Sussan Shore for...

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January 12, 2017

Neil Solarz and Michael Feispor present “End of the Life Option Act – The Right to Die” at the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

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December 8, 2016

Neil Solarz presents “Who is the Fiduciary” and “Revocable Living Trusts” at the Estate Planning from A to Z seminar presented by the National Business Institute

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November 18, 2016

Neil Solarz and Jeffrey P. Geida present “Raising Trusts from the Ashes: the Undead Trust” at the USC Trust and Estate Conference

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August 15, 2016

Five Shareholders Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2017

Weinstock Manion congratulates Sussan H. Shore, Martin A. Neumann, Neil Solarz, Robert E. Strauss and Jonathan S. Forster on their selection to The Best Lawyers...

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