W. Vito Lanuti



W. Vito Lanuti, Attorney & Counselor at Law
Certified as a Legal Specialist in Estate Planning,
Trust and Probate Law

W. Vito Lanuti is one of a small percentage of attorneys in the state of California to be certified as a legal specialist inestate planning, trust and probate law. His educational background and 25+ years of professional experience make him uniquely qualified to provide individuals, couples, families and businesses with customized, highly sophisticated estate and business plans.Vito specializes in handling the most complex planning challenges. He takes particular pride in his ability to analyze these complicated cases and then craft a creative plan that meets the client’s needs. Unlike many attorneys, Vito takes the time to educate his clients on the planning process and the specific options available to them, allowing for informed decision-making they can take rest in. Vito is widely recognized as a leader in his field, authoring numerous articles and providing training in estate planning to some of the world’s most prestigious financial institutions. His commitment to excellence, combined with a courteous, personalized approach has led many of Vito’s clients to regard him as virtually a member of the family.


Vito Lanuti received his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University in 1974 and his law degree from Western State University College of Law in 1978.


Admitted to the California State Bar in 1979, his practice is limited exclusively to the area of estate planning, trusts, probate, and business planning.


Certified as a Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law, by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Certified as a Specialist in Planned Giving, California State University at Long Beach.


  • State Bar of California
  • Fellow of the Esperti Peterson Institute
  • Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section of State Bar of California
  • WealthCounsel, LLC
  • Long Beach Bar Association
  • ElderCounsel, LLC
  • Orange County Bar Association

Community Involvement

Board of Trustees Saint Mary’s Hospital, Long Beach, California.
Planned Giving Committee Saint Mary’s Hospital, Long Beach, California.


“About Retirement Distributions” [self published].

“Strictly Business: Sophisticated Planning Strategies for Closely Held Business” Contributing author – Quantum Press

“Giving Philanthropy for Everyone” Contributing author – Quantum Press

“Love, Money, Control” Contributing author – Quantum Press

“Converting Stock Options to Other Employee Benefits” – Joint author with Peter Myers & Ilene McCauley, Conspectus
Current, Summer 2000.

“Commercial Annuities” Co-creator and co-presenter – presented to the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
– Seattle, 1998.

“Employee Stock Options” Co-creator and co-presenter-presented to the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
– Reno, NV 2000, Orlando, FL 2000, Minneapolis, MN 2001; Esperti Peterson Institute Las Vegas, NV 2001

“Planning & Taxation for Employee Stock Options” – Senior Teaching Fellow – Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice, courses accredited by the Estate and Wealth Strategies Institute at Michigan State University

Estate Planning for Professionals – Instructor – California State University Long Beach/ California State University Los Angeles Extension University


Under the auspices of the Southern California Institute *“Practice Developer Programs” Vito Lanuti and colleagues provide training in estate planning to major financial institutions including:

  • Union Bank of California, NA & Union Bank of California Investments
  • Bank of America & Bank of America Investment Services, Inc.
  • Citibank
  • Hartford Insurance
  • Agilis
  • Select Producers
  • Associated Securities
  • Wachovia
  • Edward Jones Investment Companies

* For more information about the Southern California Institute go to http://www.scinstitute.org/