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Christopher D. Carico

841 Apollo Street, Suite 450 El Segundo, California 90245
Firm: Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz, LLP
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Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz, LLP

Years In Practice

Phone Number (310) 545-0010

Trust And Estate Lawyers.  Downtown Expertise. South Bay Convenience.

Christopher D. Carico is a founding partner of Carico Johnson Toomey LLP, a boutique law firm in the South Bay with highly specialized attorneys, with a particular emphasis in trust and estate litigation and estate planning.

Carico Johnson Toomey’s Trust & Estate lawyers have been recognized as among the top in their field by U.S. News and Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers Magazine, Best Lawyers in America, and in the Los Angeles Times.    The firm serves clients throughout Los Angeles and the South Bay area.

Christopher D. Carico leads the firm’s Trust and Estate practice, and is a Certified Specialists in Estate Planning & Probate Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. 


Carico Johnson Toomey LLP is recognized both for the impressive credentials of our attorneys and the results that we create for our clients.

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”, 2011-2018 
Best Lawyers in America® 2010-2019; Trust & Estates; Litigation – Trusts & Estates,

Southern California Super Lawyers, Trust & Estate Litigation, 2009-2019

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

Best Lawyers®, Copyright 2010-2019 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC.“Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & Best Lawyers®

Christopher D. Carico is a board certified specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law with over 30 years of legal experience. His practice includes all facets of trusts and estates, and he represents families, individuals, professional trustees, conservators, guardians, and beneficiaries.

 Mr. Carico has frequently served as a court-appointed expert to provide his opinions and recommendations in the following types of actions: trust reformation proceedings, fiduciary accountings, actions for breach of fiduciary duty, actions for fiduciary suspension and removal, fee petitions, and compromise of creditors’ claims.

Mr. Carico’s trust and estate litigation practice includes counseling and representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries in will contests, trusts contests, contested conservatorships, Marvin claims, challenged accountings, fiduciary surcharge and removal actions, property characterization disputes, and 850 petitions.

Mr. Carico develops carefully tailored estate plans for individuals and families, by preparing foundational documents such as revocable trusts, wills, and powers of attorney. Additionally, he counsels clients on more advanced planning techniques, including family limited partnership, family limited liability companies, designated beneficiary trusts, grantor retained annuity and unitrusts, qualified personal residence trusts, intentionally defective grantor trusts, charitable remainder trusts, charitable foundations, self-cancelling installment notes, and life insurance trusts.

In the area of trust, estate and probate administration, Mr. Carico has represented numerous individuals and professional fiduciaries charged with the responsibility of administering a decedent’s estate. This includes overseeing the entire trust or probate administration process through the appointment of the fiduciary; the division, allocation and sale of assets; the filing of federal estate tax returns; the preparation of accountings; audits with the IRS and FTB; and final distribution.

Mr. Carico graduated with a J.D. cum laude, from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He obtained his B.A in economics from Occidental College.

His previous affiliations include Carico Johnson Toomey LLP (2008-2017), Carico Toomey & Associates LLP (2007-2008), Davis & Carico LLP (1996 – 2007), Law Offices of Christopher D. Carico (1990 – 1996), and Mullen & Henzell (1989 – 1990).

What legal services does this lawyer offer?
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts & Estates 2010-2013
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Trusts & Estates, 2011-2013 ®
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate, 2009-2012
  • Martindale Hubbell Rating: AV;
  • California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization, certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law;
  • Member, Trusts & Estates Executive Committee, California State Bar
Occidental College, AB
Graduated 1983
Contact Details and Office Locations
Office: (310) 545-0010
841 Apollo Street, Suite 450
El Segundo, California 90245
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