At the Law Offices of Bradley R. Kirk & Associates, Inc., we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality of legal representation in the area of Wills, Trusts, Probate and Litigation.
We are estate planning attorneys who have structured Estate Plans for hundreds of local families. These plans, which include Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney for Finances and Powers of Attorney for Healthcare, incorporate the most recent Trust and Probate Laws in order to provide our clients with the most up-to-date estate plans available.
As a result, our clients are protected to the fullest extent possible under the law from unnecessary and expensive court proceedings and from needless federal and state taxes.
If a loved one passes away without a Trust, and Probate Administration proceedings are needed, we are able to assist our clients in navigating the Probate process quickly and efficiently. Probate in Orange County can be an intimidating process. There are legal papers to draft and file, petitions to publish, bonds to file, notices to serve, and several thick books of rules that each petitioner must strictly follow at each step in the probate process.
For the past fifteen years, our team of Orange County probate lawyers have been appearing weekly in probate courts all over Southern California. Because our attorneys are in court several days a week, we are intimately familiar with the probate judges, the courtroom staff, and all of the related laws and procedures. This is why we are able to successfully navigate the probate process to ensure that our client’s cases are completed quickly and efficiently.
In addition to providing technical expertise and efficiency, our friendly office staff and professional attorneys work hard to ensure that our clients receive the highest level of customer service at each step of the process so that when the matter is concluded our clients will be completely satisfied with their overall experience.
After a loved one passes away, when assets need to be managed and distributed, disputes often arise between Beneficiaries and Trustees of a Trust or Heirs and Executors of a Will. We realize that misunderstandings and arguments can evolve into legal battles which may result in complex Trust and Probate litigation and trial. Because we have been in this business for over 15 years, we have amassed a great deal of experience in these types of situations. Most trial attorneys have no experience in trust and probate work and most trust and probate attorneys have no experience in trial work. Yet, we are trust and probate litigators, meaning that our specialty involves handling complex trials in the trust and probate context.
In these types of cases, we are unparalleled among the legal community in the depth of our knowledge and experience. We have the resources and training to utilize alternative dispute resolution techniques in an attempt to mediate and settle disputes before they become full-blown lawsuits. We also have relationships with the top trust and probate mediators in the State. For these reasons, we are often able to obtain very favorable settlements for our clients prior to trial.
However, when the parties are unable to settle a matter, we are trained trial attorneys who have the unique expertise to litigate all matter of Trust and Probate disputes. We realize that family disputes in Orange County trust and probate litigation can become very intense, and therefore, as part of our expertise and training, our attorneys are prepared to be relentless through each stage of a litigation – from the pleading stages, through discovery and motion practice, to trial preparation and conducting trials, and if needed, to mounting an effective appeal. At every step of the process, we vigorously represent our client’s interests with diligence, competence and tenacity.
California Board Certified Our senior attorney, Bradley R. Kirk, is a seventeen-year attorney who has been certified by the State Bar of California as a legal specialist in Trust and Probate Law. Only ½ of 1% of all California attorneys have achieved this distinction. To be a specialist, one must pass a separate mini bar exam, take additional continuing education courses, and receive recommendations from one’s peers.