Theodore E. Calleton (B.A., Yale University, 1956, LL.B., Columbia Law School, 1962) is senior partner of Calleton, Merritt, De Francisco & Real-Salas, LLP, in Pasadena, California, a law firm that limits its practice to estate planning and administration.
Mr. Calleton is the author or co-author of six books, "The Short Term Trust," "A Life Insurance Primer," "California Will Drafting," "Tax Planning For Professionals," "California Estate Planning," and "Drafting California Revocable Trusts," as well as the California automated drafting program Calleton's Wills and Trusts, and has written more than forty articles and outlines on estate planning, life insurance, and irrevocable trusts for commercial and scholarly publications. He has lectured frequently for the California CEB, the Practicing Law Institute, the U.S.C. Tax Institute, the UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute, and the Cal. State L.A. Tax Seminar, and also at the Seattle Estate Planning, ALI-ABA Study, and California C.P.A. Society Institutes. In addition he has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Southern California M.B.A. in Taxation Program, and an adjunct professor of law at Golden Gate Law School and Loyola Law School.
Mr. Calleton has been a member of the Board of Advisors of the U.C.L.A./C.E.B. Estate Planning Institute since its inception in 1979, a member of both the Tax and the Probate and Trust Law Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and served as Chair of the Tax Section in 1980-1981 and of the Probate and Trust Law Section in 1981-1982. Ted is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.
Mr. Calleton has served the community as a member and chair of the Board of Directors of Montessori Schools, Inc., as a member and chair of the Board of Directors of the American Montessori Society, as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Children's Home of Los Angeles (Hillsides) and of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. He also served as Chair of Pasadena's Arroyo Seco Master Planning Commission, and was a founding trustee, board member and chair of the Board of Trustees of Walden School of California. He has also been active in Scouting serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 73, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Cubmaster of Pack 110, Sierra Madre, and Scoutmaster of the Tournament of Roses Troop as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Council, BSA. He has also served on the Vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Sierra Madre and as its Senior Warden.
Mr. Calleton is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in American Education. He has been listed by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for over 25 years and has been named one of the "Top 100 Superlawyers" in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine. He was the 1996 recipient of the Dana Latham Memorial Award of the Tax Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and was awarded the "Silver Beaver" for his service to Scouting in 2006.
Mr. Calleton is married to Kathy E'Beth Calleton and has four children and five grandchildren. During the 1970's he was active in North American and European mountaineering, climbing in Switzerland and Austria and making one of the earlier assents of Mt. McKinley. He also made a number of Yosemite wall climbs such as the Royal Arches and Washington Column, and climbed numerous Sierra peaks as well as Mt. Ranier. His mountaineering is currently limited to making mountains on his model railroad.
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