Costa Mesa, California Estate Planning Lawyers

Kara Koerner
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California Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience

Kara Koerner guides high-net-worth families, business owners and real estate developers through the complex process of managing and transferring business interests as part of the overall estate planning and wealth... Read More »
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Eric R. Bardwell
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP - Estate Planning Lawyer

Eric Bardwell represents high-net-worth individuals in all aspects of wealth transfer planning, including estate planning, charitable planning, business succession planning and post-death administration. Read More »
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Scott A. Harshman
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – U.S. and International Tax Lawyer

Scott Harshman focuses on tax, trust and estate matters and business planning for high net-worth individuals, including matters for multinational individuals and families. Read More »
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Genene N. Dunn
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California Estate Planning Attorney

Genene N. Dunn is a probate attorney who has been working with the probate courts since 2010, and became an attorney in 2014. Genene is a partner at HUNSBERGER DUNN LLP which has been serving Orange County for over 30... Read More »
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Zaher Fallahi
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(877) 687-7558 650 Town Center Drive, Suite 880
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
Harvard Law School, Harvard Law School and Pacific Coast University School of Law
Zaher Fallahi, Attorney At Law, CPA, is a California Tax Law Firm and practices as Orange County Tax Attorney and Los Angeles Tax Attorney. We advise clients with undisclosed Foreign Accounts; the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Foreign Trust, Tax Audit Representation, Federal Tax Liens/Levies, Employment Taxes, Innocent Spouse Relief, Non-Filed Tax Returns, Offer-In-Compromise, Tax & Legal aspect of Business Formation, Estate Planning and Civil Litigation. As a California CPA, Mr. Zaher Fallahi testifies before the court as an...
Jeffrey Robert Matsen
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 52 years experience
(714) 384-6500 695 Town Center Dr
7th Floor
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
UCLA School of Law
Jeff Matsen is Of Counsel Partner to the Southern California law firm, Bohm Wildish & Matsen, LLP and has been providing a wide range of clients with the highest level of legal services for 50 years. Since receiving his law degree with honors from UCLA School of Law in 1967, Jeff has been entirely dedicated to providing his clients with the quality, professionalism, and integrity they deserve. Bohm Wildish & Matsen, LLP consists of a team of professionals ready to provide asset protection for both domestic and offshore; business and sophisticated estate planning services; form corporations, LLCs and partnerships of...
Daniel Jai Tripathi
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(877) 422-5297 75 Anton Boulevard
Suite 300
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Probate
Southwestern Law School
Versatile trial attorney offering a solid track record of litigation success and experience in various facets of the law. Motivated and articulate professional who thrives in courtroom settings, excels at client rapport, discovery and deposition. Exceptional skill in drafting, reviewing, and analyzing pleadings, motions, responses to summary judgments, opinions, briefs and other legal documents. Recognized as leading defense attorney in Southern California, particularly skilled at “connecting” with and building rapport with jurors, resulting in positive verdicts in vast majority of nearly 20 jury trials, and hundreds of misdemeanor cases. Reputation as a “no nonsense” attorney and aggressive litigator among the...
Justin Irish
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(949) 836-0543 250 E 17th Street
Suite 240
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal and DUI
Hi, my name is Justin D. Irish. I'm the founder of the Law Offices of Justin D. Irish, a full-service law practice serving Orange County and the surrounding areas.

I grew up in Florida, graduating from Florida Atlantic University in 2009. Shortly after, I ventured West to California to pursue my dreams of becoming an Attorney.

After graduating from Whittier Law School in 2014, I passed the California and Florida bar exams on the first try. I am also admitted to the US District Courts for the Central District of California and the Southern District of Florida. On my free time I...
Joseph Mancini
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(714) 556-0800 535 Anton Boulevard
Suite 810
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Business, Health Care and Tax
Western State Univ
John Lucas Wong
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(949) 371-5003 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 260
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Loyola Law School
Anh Tran
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(949) 371-5003 3200 Park Center Drive
Suite 260
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
Santa Clara University School of Law
Anh Tran is the founder of Modern Wealth Law where she advises individuals and business owners on all aspects of tax and estate planning, probate and trust administration. As both an estate planning attorney and a Certified Wealth Strategist®, Anh is in a unique position to counsel her clients on both estate planning and wealth management.
Tim Voorhees
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(714) 384-6500 695 Town Center Drive
Suite 700
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
Southern Methodist University
Tim is a Southern California attorney who boasts over 35 years of legal experience in asset protection, estate planning, zero tax planning and business succession law. He is a true leader in his field, and is a regular speaker at industry events. Tim has helped a large spectrum of clients, from successful small business owners to companies worth over $200 million dollars create a custom wealth protection plan. He is also the developer of a financial planning software called vBlueprint.com that helps other financial professionals and estate planning professionals create a customized solution to move their assets in line with their...
James Glenn Bohm
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 32 years experience
(714) 384-6500 695 Town Center Dr, Suite 700
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Probate
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Jennifer Wilson
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney
(888) 601-3115 695 Town Center Drive
Suite 700
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
Brigham Young University
Jennifer Wilson joined Matsen Voorhees Law in 2009. She boasts nearly 3 decades of legal experience in all areas of asset protection and estate planning, including: LLC formation, California probate law, trust formation and all other related areas. Jennifer is a honors graduate of Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School and is a active runner and philanthropist.
Jeffrey Robert Matsen
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 52 years experience

Jeff Matsen is Of Counsel Partner to the Southern California law firm, Bohm Wildish & Matsen, LLP and has been providing a wide range of clients with the highest level of legal services for 50 years. Since receiving... Read More »
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Gordon A. Schaller
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Taxation, Trusts & Estates Lawyer

Gordon Schaller represents high-net-worth individuals and public and private organizations on tax, estate planning, business succession, charitable and wealth management, trust and estate litigation, and related issues. Read More »
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Mr. P. (Arnie) Arnsen Blakely
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney
(714) 556-0800 535 Anton
Suite 810
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning
Marin Bradshaw
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(714) 384-6500 695 Town Center Drive
Suite 700
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning
Sean David Muntz
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Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 17 years experience
(949) 226-8511 3200 Park Center Dr
Ste 270
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Real Estate
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 years experience
(714) 427-7000 600 Anton Blvd #1400
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Business, International and Tax
University of San Diego School of Law and McGeorge School of Law
Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(714) 754-6600 600 Anton Blvd Ste 900
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Antitrust, Appeals and Tax
New York University School of Law and University of Michigan Law School
Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 48 years experience
(714) 427-7000 600 Anton Blvd #1400
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning and Tax
Loyola University School of Law
Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(949) 222-0735 3146 Red Hill Ave Ste 100
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Western State Univ
Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(949) 650-0151 1835 Newport Blvd # A109-406
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
Univ of Tulsa COL
Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(949) 612-0340 3070 Bristol St
Ste 120
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning, Administrative, Business and Real Estate
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Costa Mesa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 42 years experience
(714) 884-4131 3151 Airway Ave
Ste S1
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Estate Planning
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Barry L. Adams
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Comprehensive estate planning and probate services. Free consultation. Call now!

I’m an experienced estate planning attorney and serve clients throughout the Santa Ana area. I provide personalized representation and handle all types of cases, including wills, trusts, and living wills. Read More »
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Sussan H. Shore
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Skilled Estate Planning Lawyer! Compassionate & Practical Legal Representation!

I have provided dedicated and knowledgeable estate planning counsel for over 30 years. I will passionately advocate for your rights and interests! Visit my website for information, call my office for a consultation. Read More »
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Robert Lopez
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Irvine, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(800) 501-9620 2372 Morse Ave Ste 152
Irvine, CA 92614
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Probate
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Are you a small business owner? or thinking about starting a business? Or do you have an existing business that now has a business, contract or employment issue?

With business disputes, we first try to keep a dispute from become a lawsuit. If we can find a way that protects our client and serves their best interest, then we always try that first. If, however, you are already in a lawsuit, then we immediately go to protect our client, keeping in mind what is best for you.

With starting a company, we look at what our client ultimately wants to accomplish....
Julie King
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Newport Beach, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(949) 689-2012 1621 Santiago Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Trademarks
Loyola Law School
With 30 years’ experience, Julie King practices law with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. She handles a wide variety of business and estate planning matters including contracts, employment, corporation/LLC/partnership formation, wills and trusts, pet trusts, trademarks, copyrights, landlord tenant, creditor’s rights, annual meeting minutes and corporate records, mergers and acquisitions, and employee training. She served as in-house counsel to major international corporations, including Toshiba America, where she worked for 15 years. She understands businesses in a way many lawyers do not simply because she has experienced the day-to-day interactions first-hand. See the difference a trained in-house counsel can...
Christopher Robert Blevins
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(949) 393-7575 1560 Brookhollow Dr.
Suite 201
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Free ConsultationSanta Ana, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
Estate Planning and Business
University of Arizona
Mr. Blevins is a graduate of the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law (JD, 2007) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (BA, 2002).

Mr. Blevins has over a decade of legal experience providing estate planning services to families and strategic business counsel to small corporations and Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Blevins' unique background of serving as both corporate in-house counsel for various corporations and as a private litigation counsel makes him uniquely poised to quickly and effectively resolve your legal needs. Our clients include individuals, families, start-ups, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

Mr....
Barry L. Adams
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Huntington Beach, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 32 years experience
(949) 274-4760 19900 Beach Boulevard, Suite B
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of the Pacific
I am an experienced trusts and estates attorney. I advise clients regarding estate planning, estate/trust administration and litigation. I can help you with setting up your estate plan, resolving a family dispute regarding a trust or estate and with administration issues after a loved one passes away. Listen to my podcasts to find out more information about these issues.
Eric R. Bardwell
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Irvine, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(949) 623-7234 3 Park Plaza
#1100
Irvine, CA 92614
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Pepperdine University School of Law
Theodore M. Hankin
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Newport Beach, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 42 years experience
(949) 383-4356 1400 Quail St
#200
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Scott A. Harshman
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Irvine, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(949) 623-7224 3 Park Plaza
#1100
Irvine, CA 92614
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
University of San Diego School of Law and Whittier Law School
Harry Mirchandaney
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Newport Beach, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(800) 756-1091 620 Newport Center Drive
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Harvard Law School and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Harry Mirchandaney counsels clients throughout California on trusts and wills, probate and trust administration, Personal Injury, Divorce and related issues such as Child Custody, Child and Spousal Support, and pre-nuptial and post-marital property agreements, through HMA Law Group's offices in Newport Beach, Riverside, and satellite locations.
Gordon A. Schaller
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Irvine, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(949) 623-7222 3 Park Plaza
#1100
Irvine, CA 92614
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
University of Minnesota Law School
David L. Crockett
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Newport Beach, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 49 years experience
(949) 851-1771 901 Dove St
#120
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate, Real Estate and Tax
University of California - Los Angeles and University of California - Berkeley
Lisa M. Burkdall
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Experienced Estate Planning Attorney! Sophisticated Wealth Transfer Services!

I am a skilled and knowledgeable estate planning lawyer. I am dedicated to ensuring that each plan addresses the unique concerns and goals of my clients! Visit my website for more information and call for a consultation. Read More »
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Priscilla Ann Madrid
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California Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience

Priscilla Madrid is is an estate planning and elder law attorney located in Anaheim Hills, California. Her practice includes estate planning for businesses and individuals, probate, trust, estate and elder abuse... Read More »
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Leslie Daff
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Irvine, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(949) 497-5056 Atrium Building
19200 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 500
Irvine, CA 92612
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Tax
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Leslie Daff, JD, MBA, is a State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. Formerly with the law firms of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, Best Best & Krieger LLP, and Palmieri, Tyler, Weiner, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP, she founded Estate Plan, Inc,, a professional law corporation with offices in Laguna Beach and Irvine in 2005. In 2010, she opened an Overland Park location in conjuntion with Randy Gardner, JD, LLM, MBA, CPA. Leslie received her JD degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she served as an editor on the Loyola Law...
Richard B. Rudolph
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Newport Beach, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(949) 825-5210 20241 SW Birch Street
Suite 100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Employment and Maritime
Southwestern Law School
Since 1992 Mr. Rudolph has been providing legal advice, counsel and services to businesses and individuals alike. He operates a full service law firm serving such diverse client needs as: - Fulfilling peoples needs for affordable Living Trusts & Wills packages, - Business Matters (both day-to-day transactional matters and litigation), - Employment & Labor Matters, and - Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation when issues cannot be resolved amicably.
W Bailey Smith
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(949) 756-0684 2010 Main Street, Suite 1000
Irvine, CA 92614
Irvine, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 48 years experience
Estate Planning and Probate
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Probate – Irvine & Long Beach Offices

I graduated from Stanford University and the University of California, Hastings College of Law. After serving as an Agent in Counter-Intelligence in the United States Army, I practiced law as a Deputy District Attorney and then with a major Los Angeles law firm. I taught estate tax planning as an adjunct professor at Long Beach State for ten years. I continue to teach informative and timely seminars on estate and gift taxation, and provide lectures on tax savings throughout Southern California. I have been quoted in...
Jill S. Gregory
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Newport Beach, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(949) 514-8842 620 Newport Center Drive
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Hi, I am Jill Gregory, Attorney & Counselor at Law, and the founder of Jill Gregory PC, a preeminent boutique estate planning, probate and business law firm based out of Newport Beach, Orange County. With over 20 years of experience working with clients throughout California in estate planning, trusts, probate, trust administration, asset protection planning as well as business planning, you know you will be in good hands working with us.

I look forward to learning how we can serve you and your family.
Joshua David Meier
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Newport Beach, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(949) 718-0420 1303 Avocado Avenue
Suite 230
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Business
Univ of San Diego School of Law
I am an Orange County business and estate planning attorney, business owner, husband, and dad of four great kids focused on helping families and businesses meet their financial, legal, and moral obligations to their loved ones by creating estate, business, and life plans that ensure their family's complete protection and well-being. Most people think of estate planning as a process for planning your death. Who would be excited about that? I look at estate planning as the process of planning for the best in life and Achieving Your Dreams! THE MEIER LAW FIRM DIFFERENCE ...
Henry Daniel Lively
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Newport Beach, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(949) 477-4127 4675 MacArthur Ct.
Suite 550
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Tax
Chapman University Fowler School of Law and Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Dan is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Legal Specialist in Taxation, a designation earned by less than 400 of the approximately 200,000 attorneys licensed in California. Dan has earned an LL.M (Master of Laws) in taxation from Chapman University School of Law, and he is a Certified Public Accountant, and Real Estate Broker. Dan is also an adjunct professor of taxation at Whittier College of Law. Dan began his career as a Certified Public Accountant in 1983 working at the prestigious firm Kenneth Leventhal & Company (later acquired by...
William L Huestis
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Newport Beach, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(888) 815-3546 4000 Macarthur Blvd., #600
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Elder and Probate
Chapman University Fowler School of Law and Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Mary Grace Finlay
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Newport Beach, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(888) 896-9350 4685 MacArthur Court
Suite 421
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
If you are seeking an attorney for estate planning, tax planning or wills you need an experienced attorney who will be able to guide you through the process. Call our firm today to for a free case evaluation.
Aastha Madaan
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Irvine, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(949) 346-5294 17870 Skypark Circle, Suite 104
Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92614
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Business
Whittier Law School
Aastha is the owner and founder of Madaan Law, P.C.. She focuses her practice in the areas of business law, franchise law, and estate planning. Aastha is a strong advocate of good planning, in life and in business. She takes the time to explain the legal process and answer any questions for potential clients. Prior to founding Madaan Law, Aastha worked with a boutique business law firm where she practiced business litigation and provided legal advice to small businesses. She learned the ins and outs of future planning for individuals and businesses, and uses her...
Robin Coeleen Boren-Coleman
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Irvine, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(949) 253-4235 5 Park Plaza
19th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614
Estate Planning
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Southern California estate planning professional with over 23 year of experience. Robin is a Senior Estate Advisory Specialist with Wells Fargo Private Bank. Robin partners with high net worth clients, internal Wealth Management members, and local professional in the tax and legal communities to efficiently administer complex trusts and estates and provide customized services to clients throughout Southern California.
David L. Crockett
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California Estate Planning Attorney with 49 years experience

University of California - Los Angeles and University of California - BerkeleyCalifornia
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.