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Probate & Trust Litigation Specialists

Over the past 25 years, Bradley R. Kirk & Associates, Inc. has specialized in Trust and Probate matters. We have represented hundreds of trust and probate clients in Southern California, and we are proud to be known as one of the elite Trust and Probate Litigation firms in Southern California. If you have a trust or probate matter, don’t settle for anything less than a specialist. 

Irvine Probate Lawyers

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 and 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. During law school, 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. Mr. Kirk started his own law firm in 1994. He subsequently became a State Bar certified specialist in Trust and Probate Law and to date has represented hundreds of trust and probate clients in the Southern California Courts.

Mr. Kirk is the lead litigation attorney at the firm. He handles all manner of complex trust and probate cases and manages a team of skilled trust and probate litigators.

Real Clients. Real Reviews.

  • He is personable, approachable, and has great support staff.

    “I used Mr. Kirk for a trust issue that had been ongoing for years. He was able to settle what 2 other attorneys were not able to do in a relatively rapid and cost-effective manner.”

    - Kelly
  • 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.
  • Excellent service.

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

    - John
  • It has been a pleasure to work with Mr. Kirk.

    “Mr. Kirk recently completed the probate of my late mother's estate. Mr. Kirk gave his attention to this process and accomplished each step in a timely manner.”

    - L.A.
  • Mr. Kirk is an outstanding trial lawyer.

    “Brad is exceptionally bright, intuitive, and compelled to constantly think out of the box, thus ultimately saving the clients huge sums of money in the long run! I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Kirk, and glad he represented me in an ugly family t”

    - Former Client
  • He is the man I want in my corner.

    “I am happy he is working my case and I know the final outcome will be far superior than I ever anticipated.”

    - D.C.
  • Represented me professionally and aggressively.

    “By your skill and dedication to my case, you allowed me to move on with my life and move past this bizarre chapter. As I mentioned to you when last we met, you are very good at your job. I can’t thank you enough.”

    - C.B.
  • Had it not been for Brad I would have lost everything.

    “I am grateful he was my attorney. He is straight forward, honest, and knows how to put a case together! We went to arbitration to settle and Brad was fantastic, organized, had EVERYTHING documented, and right at his fingertips.”

    - Steph
  • Professionalism, knowledge, and diligence.

    “The team approached the case objectively, for a win for all parties involved. Jacob, Christian, and the entire team were patient and knowledgeable, putting us at ease. We trusted we were in the best possible hands given this unfamiliar territory.”

    - Anne-Marie
  • Thank you.

    “Brad and Jacob, thank you for all you have done to get me through these tough times. It means more than words can say.”

    - C.D.
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Actual Results That Speak for Themselves

  • 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.

  • Court Victory Trustee Litigation/Real Property Dispute

    In 2017, we were hired to defend against a claim brought against trustees of their deceased mother's trust by their father for a 50% interest in a $9 million property in Laguna Beach, CA. After a trial that spanned over 2 ½ months, the Court reduced the father’s claim to 25% of the Property and awarded none of the $1,000,000 being sought by the father.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Executors and Trustees

If you have been identified as the executor under a Will or as 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 trust 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 their 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 with 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 trust and/or probate administration to help estate representatives fulfill their fiduciary duties and protect against liability.

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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