Phillip Szachowicz is a trust litigation attorney at RMO LLP in San Diego California

Phillip Szachowicz

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Phillip Szachowicz is an attorney in the San Diego office of RMO LLP. Phillip represents beneficiaries, trustees, administrators, executors, heirs, creditors and conservators in contested trust, estate, and probate litigation matters. Phillip brings extensive experience in all phases of litigation, from initial case analysis and strategy through appeal.

Phillip grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois and graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Philosophy and Minor in Political Science. He then attended the University of San Diego School of Law where he was a member of the International Law Journal and received the USD School of Law Honor Scholarship.

BAR ADMISSIONS
EDUCATION

University of San Diego, School of Law
Juris Doctor

Loyola University Chicago
BA, Philosophy and Minor in Political Science, cum laude

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • Represented family members in recovering ownership of multi-million dollar family farm that had been transferred out of an irrevocable trust using decanting statute.

  • Represented trustee of irrevocable trust in published appellate decision confirming that the trust could have been properly funded with life insurance policy proceeds even though all formalities typically required by the terms of the life insurance policy had not been satisfied.

  • Successfully defended trustee and sole beneficiary against trust contest by disinherited heir. Then, when trial judge erroneously entered judgment that could have exposed the trustee to subsequent litigation, prevailed on appeal to modify judgment to insulate trustee from any possible further litigation.

  • Represented former spouse in collecting unpaid child support through creditor’s claim procedure after her ex-husband relocated to a different state and then passed away before discharging child support obligations.

  • Represented trustee, both in trial court and on appeal, in enforcing terms of previous settlement agreement, resulting from his co-trustee’s a breach of fiduciary duties, after the offending co-trustee erroneously claimed he had satisfied his obligations under the agreement.

  • Represented decedent’s children in a contested probate accounting over various expenses the administrator attempted to charge against the estate, and then further successfully obtained an order from the court shifting a portion of the client’s fees and cost to several unrepresented heirs through a “common fund” theory of fee recovery.

  • Represented surviving spouse in defending her status as beneficiary of her deceased husband’s retirement benefits against contest by decedent’s former wife and children, who had claimed lack of capacity and undue influence.

IN THE NEWS

Probate and trust estate litigation law firm RMO LLP announced today that Scott Rahn, founding and managing partner, has once again been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the area of Trusts and Estates Litigation.

IN THE NEWS

Recognized for his exceptional legal skill and accomplishments as a top trust attorney within the Los Angeles business community, RMO LLP Founding and Managing Partner Scott Rahn has been selected as a nominee for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Leaders in Law…

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