Chang H. Chae is a member of the firm, practicing in the areas of estate planning, trust administration and probate, entity formation and tax and charitable planning.

Mr. Chae is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law (certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization). He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), where he serves on the Estate and Gift Tax Committee, the Tax Policy Study Committee, the Programs Committee and the Communications Committee.  He is a former Co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.  He has been repeatedly named by Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine as a “Southern California Super Lawyer,” recognized as a Best Lawyer® and is rated AV® Preeminent™ by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.  Mr. Chae has served as a member of the board of directors for a community college foundation, as chairperson for a planned giving committee and as a professional advisor to a community foundation.  He is a member of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and ACTEC National Meeting of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, Professional Advisory Network.

Mr. Chae has lectured to many professional and lay audiences, including the USC Tax Institute, the USC Trust and Estate Conference, served as Co-Chair, the ABA Taxation Annual Meeting, and to other professional and charitable groups.

Mr. Chae is the co-author of the following published articles:

  • “Keeping the ‘Family’ in the Family Home: Special Planning Challenges Posed by QPRTs,” California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Official Publication of the State Bar of California Trusts and Estates Section
  • “Power to the People! (An Exploration of the Use of Powers of Appointment in Estate Planning),” Estate Planning, 2008 (30th Annual UCLA-CEB Estate Planning Institute)
  • “Death and Taxes: No Longer a Certainty. A View of Estate Planning When the Federal Estate Tax Is Not an Issue,” 37th Annual USC Trust and Estate Conference, 2011
  • “Give Me My Money — Now! (Having Second Thoughts on the Wisdom of an Outdated Plan),” 64 Major Tax Planning, 2012

Mr. Chae was admitted to the California Bar in 2000 and the Iowa Bar in 1996.  He received a B.A., with honors, from Grinnell College in 1993, and a J.D. degree, with distinction, from the University of Iowa in 1996.  Mr. Chae also attended the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr. Chae was born in Seoul, South Korea, but raised in Des Moines, Iowa.  He also speaks Korean conversationally.  He is a former Chair of the Elder Board for his church, and was an AYSO soccer coach and referee for the teams of his three children.

Chang H. Chae



Areas of Practice

Estate Planning

Trust Administration & Probate

Tax & Charitable Planning


Grinnell College
(B.A. with Honors, 1993)

University of Iowa
College of Law
(J.D. with Distinction, 1996)

London School of Economics
and Political Science
(General Course, 1992-1993)