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Probate & Trust Litigation Specialists

Over the past 25 years, Bradley R. Kirk & Associates, Inc. has represented hundreds of trust and probate clients in Southern California. We are proud to be identified as one of the elite Trust and Probate Litigation firms in the legal community. 

Learn how the experts at Bradley R. Kirk & Associates, Inc. can help.

Irvine Probate Attorneys

Litigation & Administration Services for Southern California Trust & Probate Matters

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At the Law Offices of Bradley R. Kirk & Associates, we handle all manner of estate and trust administration. But, we are also one of Orange County’s few boutique firms that specialize in disputed Trust and Estate matters. We are trained trust and probate litigation attorneys who have over 50+ years combined experience in litigating disputed Trust/Estate matters through trial and appeal. Should you need legal assistance in dealing with your trust and/or probate matter, call us for a free consultation and determine whether we can put our specialized trust/probate experience to work for you.


For more information about Bradley R. Kirk & Associates, Inc. or our services, arrange a consultation with us by calling (949) 220-0969 or by filling out our online contact form.


Our Founder, Bradley Kirk, Esq.

Our Attorney, Brad KirkOur Lead Litigation Attorney, Bradley R. Kirk, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine Law School in 1992 – earning high academic honors and performing as one of the top students in his class. Mr. Kirk also interned on the United States Court of Appeal (Ninth Circuit) for the Honorable Pamela Rymer. After graduating from law school, Mr. Kirk worked as an attorney for Morrison & Foerster – the largest law firm in California. In 1994, Mr. Kirk started his own law firm, became a certified specialist in Trust and Probate Law, and to date has represented hundreds of trust and probate clients.

Bradley R. Kirk is the lead litigation attorney at the firm. He is a certified specialist in trust and probate law, and over his 29-year career, Mr. Kirk has tried over 100 trust and probate cases in the Southern California Courts. Mr. Kirk manages a team of skilled trust and probate litigators and handles all manner of complex trust and probate cases.

Real Clients. Real Reviews.

  • Winning spirit.

    In addition to being a stellar attorney, he was always sensitive to my needs during a very difficult three-year period. With great confidence, I highly recommend his firm.

    - Diane
  • I feel I have received excellent value for the fee I've paid.

    “There was an outstanding debt due to the Estate that posed a more complicated issue, but Jacob’s experience, knowledge, and communications skills continue to help me work the issue. I appreciate the integrity of Bradley Kirk & Assoc. and recommen”

    - Former Client
  • Great attorney.

    “Despite already having several legal actions on trust and elder issues brought against me in other venues, and one still pending, Brad was quickly able to master the complicated history, get to the heart of the legal matters, and provide invaluable guidanc”

    - Former Client
  • We won the case quickly.

    “Bradley Kirk handled my case in arbitration. Bradley and his team were knowledgeable about my case and the law. I would highly recommend him and have already to other people that I know.”

    - Brian
  • Thank you so much for your expertise and assisting us in a difficult circumstance!

    “Brad was very knowledgeable and helpful in charting a course confidently through this maze of litigation that I absolutely had no knowledge of. He believed in us and I in him. The result was that the opposing party readily accepted the proposed settlement.”

    - Former Client
  • Diligent, Thorough and Knowledgeable - Highly Recommend.

    “I have been consistently impressed with the quality of the representation he has provided. He has demonstrated all the traits that you hope to find in an attorney - he is very knowledgeable in his field, cares about his clients, works hard to get the best ”

    - Former Client
  • Excellent service.

    “Needless to say with Brad's help we got the results we were hoping for! Thank you again.”

    - John
  • Thank you for your hard work and great service.

    “If I hear of anyone in the OC that needs a good attorney, I will definitely recommend you and Brad.”

    - S.B.
  • The best legal firm I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

    “Every person in the firm is sharp, competent, friendly, has great follow thru, is knowledgeable in the most current Trust law, provides honest and insightful answers to legal questions, and personally are terrific individuals.”

    - L.V.W.
  • I can't say enough positive things about my experience with Brad Kirk as my attorney.

    “I was involved in a very emotional legal dispute and Brad was not only knowledgeable about the law and how to handle my situation but was always able to remain calm and reassuring when I needed clarification of any issue.”

    - D.H.
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Actual Results That Speak for Themselves

  • Elder Abuse Case - Huge Award Won in Court Elder Abuse

    In 2019, our client represented the guardian-ad-litem of an elderly woman who had been financially abused. After a nine-day trial in Orange County Probate Court, our client obtained an award for elder abuse damages including double damages, punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

  • Elderly Client Gets His Life Back Elder Abuse/Trust Litigation

    Our firm was hired by an elderly gentleman who was being financially abused by his neighbors. After being hired, we obtained elder abuse restraining orders against the neighbors, and we counter-sued for elder abuse and to have all of the fraudulent estate planning documents voided. After we vigorously litigated the matter for two years, the neighbors finally gave up – released all of the client’s assets back to him – and relinquished all claims to his Trust.

  • Funds Frozen, Client Wins Elder Abuse/Theft/Trust Fraud

    Our client, who believed that he was the Trustee and beneficiary of his mother’s Trust, learned that while his mother was sickly and mentally infirm, his daughter had manufactured a situation where the mother did last-minute changes to her Trust which supposed to disinherit the son. After aggressively litigating the case, we obtained a settlement for our client where he received virtually all of the frozen funds.

  • Successful Elder Abuse Defense Elder Abuse Defense/Breach of Fiduciary Duty/Surcharge

    In July of 2018, our client, who was the Trustee of her deceased mother’s trust, was sued by her sister for breach of fiduciary duty, elder abuse, removal as Trustee, and surcharge. Our Firm vigorously defended the claim and although the initial claim was for in excess of $1 million, we settled for pennies on the dollar. All charges for elder abuse, surcharge and removal were dismissed.

  • Massive Settlement Win for Client Elder Abuse Defense/Trust Litigation

    In 2014, our client’s husband died. His daughter from a prior marriage sued our client for millions of dollars in assets that the husband had gifted to our client. The children were assisted in their litigation by the Decedent’s ex-lawyer who he had named as Trustee of his Trust. After vigorously defending our client in all of these Courts for four years, we forced a settlement of the entire matter which strongly favored our client.

  • Fraudulent Will Thrown Out in Court Will Contest

    In 2016, our client’s spouse had passed away, and relatives claimed that the Decedent had signed a last-minute Will which allegedly disinherited our client. After going to trial, our client received a judgment in her favor which included payment of her costs.

  • Elder Abuse Case - Property Recovered in Court Real Estate Fraud/Elder Abuse

    Our client hired us after his mother died. He had discovered that before his mother had died, the client’s sister had taken the mother to a notary and had her sign over her house to the daughter. We litigated the matter through a 7-day trial – after which the Court ruled in our client’s favor and ordered the property transferred back into our client’s name.

  • House Awarded to Single Mother After Trial Trust Litigation – Breach of Fiduciary Duty

    A client’s father passed away and left her a home. Her father wanted her to have his home so she would have a place to live. When the father passed away, the brothers sued their sister. A nasty litigation ensued, and our firm raised a vigorous defense for our client. Our client ended up with the house her father wanted her to have, and we were able to collect our attorney’s fees from the brothers.

  • Total Victory for Trustee Breach of Fiduciary Duty/Surcharge/Accounting/Real Property Dispute

    In 2015, we represented a client in a dispute with his sister, where his sister was claiming that he wrongfully took a parcel of real property from their father. Our client was sued for breach of fiduciary duty, removal as Trustee, accounting dispute, and surcharge. After a 7-day trial in 2017, our client won a total victory. The Court denied all claims against him and found no liability.

  • Generous Settlement Won through Litigation Trust Contest/Fraudulent Trust

    Prior to our client's mother’s death, when the mother was mentally incompetent, the sister took the mother to a lawyer and had her estate planning documents changed – purportedly disinheriting the brother from the mother’s $10 million estate. The matter proceeded in litigation for 4 years, during which our firm relentlessly fought in Court for our client. Finally, the sister conceded, and our client received a generous settlement.

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Executors and Trustees

If you have been identified as the executor under a Will or the trustee of a trust, you need legal assistance. In your duties as executor or trustee, you will be required to navigate through the complex web of California’s Probate laws. If you do not execute your duties according to every dictate of the law, you can be sued and held personally liable. Per California law, your own personal assets are at stake if you are found to have breached any of your duties.

Accordingly, it is imperative that you retain expert probate counsel to assist you in carrying out your duties. Our Firm specializes in providing the highest level of legal counsel for our trustee and executor clients. We are intimately familiar with California’s ever-changing laws and requirements for trustees, executors and fiduciaries. We thoroughly enjoy being experts in this area of the law, and we would be happy to provide to you a free consultation to see if our Firm is the right fit for you.

Skill & Expertise You Can Rely On

Ready to discuss your probate and trust matter? Trust our team of experts to handle it. Get in touch with our attorneys today.

  • California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Orange County Bar
  • California State Bar

What You Can Expect

  • Honesty, Transparency & Accessibility
  • Aggressive Representation. Optimal Results.
  • Over 50 Years of Legal Experience
  • Board Certified Specialization in Probate & Trust Litigation

Contact Us for Legal Assistance

If you are in need of an attorney’s assistance for a dispute that arises during probate or the trust administration process, we can provide the legal help you need to fight for what’s important to you. Bradley R. Kirk & Associates, Inc. can also provide legal guidance and services for administration during probate or for trusts to help estate representatives fulfill their fiduciary duties and protect their liabilities.

For more information about what we can help you accomplish, please reach out to our probate attorneys in Irvine by calling (949) 220-0969 or by contacting us online.

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