Law Offices of Lynn Searle


Lynn Searle practices estate law in San Francisco, where she opened her own offices in 2002.  Before that Ms. Searle worked with Luther J. Avery of Avery & Associates.

Ms. Searle was formerly a prosecutor for many years with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and a research attorney for the San Francisco Superior Court.  As a prosecutor, Ms. Searle gained significant experience with financial elder abuse and over the past decade has spoken on the subject as it relates to estate planning to the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel [ACTEC], Continuing Education of the Bar [CEB], the Bar Association of San Francisco [BASF], the Marin Bar Association, the Stanislaus Estate Planning Council, Golden Gate University [Advanced Estate Planning], and Legal InCite [CNET Radio, San Francisco].

Ms. Searle speaks regularly on estate and tax planning.  She contributes to "Ethical Considerations" and "Plan for Unmarried Person With Minor Children" in Complete Plans for Small and Mid-Size Estates, CEB (2009, 2010) and Transferring Property Without Probate, CEB Action Guide (2008, 2010).

Ms. Searle is a member of the Trusts & Estates section of the California State Bar, and the Trusts & Probate section and Trust & Probate Litigation subsection of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Ms. Searle earned her JD at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and her LLM in Taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Of Counsel

George Butterworth was formerly a prosecutor with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office for 34 years.  His last several years with the office were as managing attorney of the homicide unit.  In his over 100 jury trials, Mr. Butterworth has also prosecuted cases involving organized crime, major conspiracies, governmental corruption, embezzlement, fraud, and forgery.  

Mr. Butterworth has lectured at the University of San Francisco School of Law, the California District Attorneys Association [CDAA], Continuing Education of the Bar [CEB], and the National College of District Attorneys [NCDA].

Mr. Butterworth is the author of two chapters in CEB's Criminal Procedure.

Mr. Butterworth earned his BA at UC Berkeley and his JD at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.