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Tim Pickart is an attorney specializing in the areas of estate planning, business planning, tax controversy, and asset protection.  He is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Tim primarily represents business owners, professionals, and other high net worth individuals.  His focus is to be proactive, reduce risk, and protect clients before problems arise.  This includes prudent planning, clearly written documents, and practical advice to avoid conflict.


Before opening the Law Office of Timothy Cahill Pickart, Tim had worked at prominent estate and business planning law firms as well as at a major life insurance company in Orange County.  Along with his legal practice, Tim is an instructor in the Paralegal Certificate Program at the University of California, Irvine. 


He has assisted numerous clients in drafting wills, living trusts, and related estate planning documents.  Tim spends a great deal of time educating clients on the purpose of estate planning and takes extra steps to help clients administer their estate plan properly.  In addition to his estate planning practice, Tim has extensive experience in administering trusts and estates, handling probate matters, and preparing gift and estate tax returns.  Tim also is well versed in sophisticated estate planning strategies used to avoid and/or minimize gift and estate taxes. 


 Tim has counseled clients on business entity formation and succession planning for mid-sized and family-owned business.  He has prepared by-laws for corporations, partnership agreements for partnerships, and operating agreements for limited liability companies.  Tim also has drafted general business contracts including buy‑sell agreements, stock redemption agreements, and split dollar agreements. 


He also has represented clients in connection with audits and other tax controversy matters before the Internal Revenue Service, the Franchise Tax Board, the Board of Equalization, and various county assessor offices throughout California.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 75%
  2. Probate: 15%
  3. Tax: 5%
  4. Business: 5%



Hourly ($295-395/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Curtis Mark Kaiser

    I've known Tim for about seven years. During that time, we have collaborated on a number of estate planning cases and developed and taught an estate planning curriculum at UC Irvine's paralegal program. Tim is a highly skilled AND practical attorney who leads his clients to the right solution. He's a pleasure to work with and I'm honored to call him a colleague. Whether for a straightforward estate plan for a young family in South Orange County or a complex estate plan for a high-net worth family anywhere in Southern California, I wouldn't ever hesitate to call on Tim.


    Curtis Kaiser Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Benjamin Beau Berger

    I have referred several high net worth clients to Tim for estate planning. We have worked together to craft plans that incorporate clients' business and wealth transfer objectives. I have worked with many estate planning attorneys and I find Tim to be among the very best. I highly recommend him.


    Benjamin Berger Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Timothy Cahill Pickart

999 Corporate Drive, Suite #100
Ladera Ranch, CA, 92694


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Timothy Cahill Pickart2008 - Present
AssociateFreeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP2007 - 2008
Consultant, Advanced Designs UnitPacific Life Insurance Company2003 - 2007
AssociateGood Wildman Hegness & Walley2001 - 2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford UniversityAmerican StudiesABN/A
Pepperdine University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Paralegal Certificate Program, UCIInstructor - Understanding Estate PlanningN/A