John C. Barlow

John C. Barlow

Sole Practitioner
Simi Valley, California

About John C. Barlow

John Barlow has over 30 years experience practicing law in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas.  He has also sat as a Judge Po Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Courts, hearing Landlord / Tenant and Small Claims matters for over five (5 ) years.

John currently sits on the Board of Directors for 20th Century Fox Federal Credit Union CUSO and previously sat on the Board of Directors for Exceptional Children's Foundation.

John practices in all of the Ventura and Los Angeles County Courts.  He has also practiced in Kern, Alameda, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties.    

  • Estate Planning
  • Wills
  • Trusts (Revocable and Irrevocable)
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Conservatorships
  • Guardianships
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Elder Law (Medicare / Medical issues)
    • Elder Abuse
    • Nursing Home
    • Long Term Care Needs
    • Assisted Living
    • Reverse Mortgage Advice

John works hard to make sure his clients estate planning needs are met and wants them to be completely satisfied with the product received.  His clients peace of mind, knowing that their estate planning documents are in proper order, is of the utmost importance to him. John can advise you on the best procedure to eliminate or avoid paying estate taxes, assure your estate assets transfer smoothly to your beneficiaries at the appropriate time, without the cost and time delays associated with a probate, and most importantly, you will remain in control of your estate, not others.

By setting up a trust you do not have to give up control of your assets.  You can avoid gift taxes, get a step-up in value on assets to their current market value and keep more of your money and property within your family.   

Creating and putting into effect a Durable Power of Attorney for Asset Management or Healthcare is one of the tools John uses to assist you in dealing with issues that need to be considered and addressed now, before you are unable to take care of your self or choose someone to assist you in dealing with your daily needs. John wants to make sure your wishes are carried out with regard to your every estate plan.  These types of documents should be set up by an experienced attorney who knows how to use them and can tailor the language used to meet your needs.  

In the event court intervention is necessary, John has years of experience litigating probate matters to help with the distribution of assets and will work with your designated executor, or "attorney-in-fact", to make sure your estate plan is implemented according to your desires.   

Practice Areas

In addition to Estate Planning, Trust, Probate, Wills, Conservatorship, Guardianship and Elder Law, our office also handles matters in the following areas:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant
  • Evictions
  • Leases and Leasing
  • Subrogation
  • Social Security
  • Construction Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Business Law
  • Business Start Ups
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Incorporations
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Contracts
  • Why Do I Need A Trust?

    You may be one who says: "I don't need a trust. I don't have a large estate. I don't need fancy planning. It's too expensive and complicated. So I just don't need a trust!" So you ask: "Why would I want to have a trust?"

    I'm going to describe in a few simple words why you will benefit from a trust. First, let me explain what a trust is. A trust is a written document that allows you to legally transfer your real and personal property to your family, or others whom you care about, upon your death. All without requiring that onerous and expensive court process called probate.

    You might think of your trust as forming your own company. You (and your spouse, if married) are the only employees and managers of the company. All of your assets are now owned by your company, not by you individually. You are still in full control. Your company instructions say that in the event of your death or incapacity, you have named an alternate person to "run the company." That is your successor trustee.

    Since all your possessions are now held and titled in the company's name, or in the name of your trust, there is nothing in your name which would require probate. Probate is the legal proceeding to change the owner of your assets upon your death.

    Here are the Top 10 Reasons You Need a Trust:

    1. Your trust avoids probate. Instead of paying thousands of dollars in probate costs, fees, and attorney charges, the bulk of your estate will be distributed to your heirs upon your death. It saves money.

    2. You keep control. Your trust document contains your instructions for managing your assets, and the use of your funds in the event of your death or incapacity. Even when you are unable to handle your own affairs, you make sure they are handled the way you want. And while you are able, you still have full control to buy, use, spend, or even give away your property as you determine. You can sell property, change your beneficiaries, or your trustee, or even revoke the trust if you should decide to do so.

    3. It takes less time. Instead of taking months or even years to transfer your property through probate court proceedings, with a trust your estate can be settled in just a few weeks of your death. There are no court delays or judicial interferences. In the event of your incapacity, your Successor Trustee immediately takes control of your estate for your benefit. No court conservatorship will be required.

    4. Your privacy is maintained. A living trust is private. If you become incapacitated, it will remain a private family affair. Upon your death, no announcements need be placed in the paper to invite creditors to file claims, to contest your will, or to notify disgruntled relatives. Your beneficiaries need not be made public.

    5. It is less expensive. Don't forget the costs of probate are a part of the cost of settling your estate with a will. Although a trust is initially more expensive than a will, because of the elimination of probate, the total costs of settling your estate are far less. Use a competent estate planning attorney and not only will there be a cost savings, but the ease of creating your trust will surprise you.

    6. No special government forms are needed. With a revocable living trust you do not need a separate tax identification number. You do not file a separate tax return. The trust is tax neutral. You still report all your income on your personal tax return. Your social security number is your trust tax ID number. And you do not need to file any report, agreement, or notice with any government agency.

    7. Low maintenance. Once your trust is set up, there will be few changes. You will amend your trust only when you wish to change your beneficiaries or successor trustee, or other details. Occasionally the government will pass a law which affects your trust, however this is rare. An amendment to your trust is generally a simple process.

    8. Special gifts are easy with a living trust. If you want to make certain gifts to chosen individuals or organizations you may do so. With a trust this is easy. The trust makes reference to a special list of such gifts. On this list you identify who you chose as recipients of certain items of tangible personal items, such a jewelry, furniture, or other heirlooms. This list is kept with and referred to in your trust document. You may change it from time to time without needing to amend your trust.

    9. Eliminate or reduce estate tax. With special planning built into your trust agreement, you may reduce or in some cases even eliminate any estate taxes which would be charged upon your death.

    10. Effective Pre-Nuptial Planning. Any property that you place in your trust before you marry is and remains the property of that trust. It stays separate from property accumulated during your marriage. Just be careful not to commingle assets with those acquired by both spouses during a marriage.

    Our Law Offices serve Los Angeles and Ventura counties including Simi Valley, Fillmore, Ventura, Santa Paula, Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Northridge, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch

    Areas of Practice

    • Estate Planning
    • Wills
    • Probate
    • Litigation
    • Corporate Law
    • Conservatorship

    Litigation Percentage

    • 30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

    Bar Admissions

    • California, 1978
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1979
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1982
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1989
    • U.S. Tax Court, 1988


    • San Fernando Valley College of Law, Sepulveda, California
      • J.D. - 1978
    • University of California, Los Angeles, California
      • B.A. - 1975
      • Major: Political Science
      • Minor: Business
    • California State University, Northridge, Northridge, California
      • Major: Political Science

    Representative Clients

    • SMF Energy Inc
    • Mountain View Enterprises, Inc
    • 20th Century Fox Federal Credit Union
    • CBase Corporation
    • Coast to Coast Auto Transportation
    • The Harmony Skilled Network

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • LA County Bar Association, 2004 - Present
    • ABA , 2004 - Present
    • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, 2004 - Present
    • Los Angeles Superior Courts, Judge Pro Tem

    Past Employment Positions

    • Law Offices of Gary J. Siener , Associate, 1998 - 2000

    Pro Bono Activities

    • Board of Directors, Ettie Lee Youth and Family Services
    • Board of Directors, Exceptional Children's Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 20th Century Fox Federal Credit Union CUSO


    • American Sign Language


    • Alpha Phi Omega