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Richard Gaines Heston

About Me

The law firm of Heston & Heston emphasizes the consumer aspects of both Bankruptcy and Family Law, as well as Probate and Estate Planning. With each having over 33 years of legal experience, Richard Heston and Halli Heston are able to bring together experience, knowledge and expertise in dealing with their clients' needs. As Board Certified Specialists in both Bankruptcy and Family Law, their credentials provide the utmost assurance of their qualifications to meet your legal needs. And with fees and payment options tailored to accommodate the consumer, proven expertise is affordable.


Richard Heston, certified as a specialist in Family Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California since 1992, and as a specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification since 1995, focuses his practice on both fields, including litigation and the often complex inter-relationship between the two specialties. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine and Southwestern School of Law, Mr. Heston has been admitted since 1979.


Halli Heston, certified as a specialist in Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California since 1994, emphasizes Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 practice, both in consumer and small business cases. In addition, she handles probate and estate planning matters. Also having graduated from the University of California, Irvine and Southwestern School of Law, Mrs. Heston has practiced law since 1979.


Conveniently located near John Wayne Airport in Irvine in Orange County, Heston & Heston offers regular and after-hours appointments to accommodate the demands of your schedule. Initial consultations concerning probate and estate planning matters are free, and there is a modest fee for bankruptcy and family law consultations.


Practice Areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 80%
    35 years
  2. Family: 20%
    35 years



Hourly ($125-400/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

  • Walter Douglas McKeague Jr

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Walter McKeague Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Benjamin Richard Heston

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Benjamin Heston Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Heston & Heston Attorneys at Law

19700 Fairchild Road
Suite 200
Irvine, CA, 92612

Heston & Heston, Riverside Office

4192 Brockton Avenue
Suite 100
Riverside, CA, 92501




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
O.C.'s Top Lawyers - Consumer Bankruptcy PracticeOC Metro Magazine2012
Certificate of Appreciation fo Pro Bono ServiceOrange County Bar Association2012
O.C.'s Top Lawyers - Consumer Bankruptcy PracticeOC Metro Magazine2011
O.C.'s Top Lawyers - Consumer Bankruptcy PracticeOC Metro Magazine2010
O.C.'s Top Lawyers - Consumer Bankruptcy PracticeOC Metro Magazine2009
Recognition for Annual Pro Bono ServiceJudges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Santa Ana Division2002
Certificate of Appreciation for ServiceAmerican Board of Specialization2001
Certificate of Appreciation for ServiceState Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization1997
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerHeston & Heston, Attorneys at Law1981 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney AssociationMember2012 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember1992 - Present
Orange County Bankruptcy ForumMember1989 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Beauchamp, 236 B.R. 727 (9th Cir.BAP 1999), affd. at 5 Fed.Appx. 743, (9th Cir. Mar 12, 2001)Plaintiff prevailed and was affirmed.
In re Voelkel, 322 B.R. 138 (9th Cir.BAP 2005)Dismissal based on ineligibility reversed.
Burt v. County of Orange (2004)120 Cal.App.4th 273, 15 Cal.Rptr.3d 373, review den. Sept. 15, 2004Dismissal of petition to review agency reversed
See all Legal Cases 
Publication NameTitleDate
Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Practice in California (CEB), Consultant and Contributing EditorChapter 72003
Orange County Bar AssociationDischarge - What Discharge? The "Community Discharge" in Bankruptcy2000
Orange County Bar AssociationFamily Law Aspects of the Bankruptcy Act of 19941995
Legal Specialization DigestFamily Law Aspects of the Bankruptcy Act of 19941995
Orange County Bar AssociationHow to Escape from Bankruptcy Court1994
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of California at Irvine,N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Things that Go Bump in the NightBankruptcy and Family Law2014
California Solo and Small Firm SummitBankruptcy and Dissolution2014
Bankruptcy for Non-Bankruptcy AttorneysBankruptcy2014
Bankruptcy and Family LawBankruptcy and Family Law2013
Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Affecting Family LawBankruptcy and Family Law2012
Orange County Bar Association and the Public Law CenterPro Bono Bankruptcy Training: Basic Chapter 7 Petitions2011
Orange County Bankruptcy ForumAsk the Panel Trustees2011
Chapter 7 Practice for Practitioners New to Bankruptcy LawBankruptcy 101: The Nuts & Bolts of Chapter 72010
Bankruptcy and Family LawWhat Family Law Practitioners Need to Know about Bankruptcy Law2009
Bankruptcy and Family LawWhat Every Family Law Attorney Needs to Know About BAPCPA2005
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005Impact of the New Bankruptcy Code on Chapters 7 and 132005
Bankruptcy and Family LawTreatment of Support Claims in Chapter 132004
Bankruptcy Exemption PracticeExemptions in Bankruptcy2003
Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Issues in CaliforniaAdvanced Bankruptcy Practice2001
Bankruptcy and Family LawBankruptcy Law vs. Family Law: Common Pitfalls/Practical Solutions1988