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Mitchell A. Port

Probate Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   24 reviews

Licensed for 40 years

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  1. Probate
    40%
    Mitchell Port will work with you to navigate the probate process smoothly, allowing you to reap its benefits–such as the elimination of creditors’ claims against the property of the deceased person (the decedent) and the guarantee that the property will pass to the rightful heirs (the beneficiaries)–while avoiding the potentially significant and costly errors that are made by less experienced probate attorneys. Fix issues involving lost wills, creditor claims, and rightful heirship.

    41 years

  2. Tax
    20%
    Mitch handles the following types of tax controversy matters: IRS income tax collection problems; IRS payroll taxes; U.S. Tax Court cases; California Franchise Tax Board tax problems; Innocent spouse relief; Tax lien, bank levy, wage levy, and garnishment; Installment Agreements; Property seizures; Preventing the filing of federal tax liens or removing them once filed; Negotiating and writing IRS Offers in Compromise; and Classifying workers as employees or independent contractors.

    41 years

  3. Trusts
    20%
    Do you need help with or have questions about running a trust? Trust administration is the management of trust property according to the trust document’s terms and for the benefit of the beneficiaries after the settlor’s death.

    41 years

  4. Estate planning
    15%
    Avoid costs, delays and trouble of California probate with a living trust. Address your needs during incapacity with an advance health care directive and a durable power of attorney for property management. Estate and tax planning for same-sex couples is an emerging area of law which requires special knowledge of California domestic partnership law, the tax treatment of domestic partnerships by California and the fed and the gift tax implications when property is transferred between partners.

    41 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    5%
    Have a Will prepared and signed in front of two disinterested adult witnesses who may later testify you were not under undue influence or suffering from diminished capacity so that your wishes will not be undermined by others.

    41 years

CA PROBATE LAWYER INEXPENSIVELY & EFFECTIVELY HELPING YOU WITH YOUR PROBATE & TRUST ADMINISTRATION

Your experience with a California attorney ought to be informative, useful, pleasant, and equally important, worth it. When you have questions concerning IRS and California State tax problems and controversies, California probate law, trust and estate tax planning, or business law advice, you expect your attorney to be knowledgeable, helpful, forthright and wise.

 

Practice Areas

·                               Probate Law

·                               Tax Controversies

·                               Estate Planning

·                               Business Transactions

 

When you are experiencing problems or have questions concerning IRS or California State tax problems and controversies, probate law, living trusts and estate planning, or, if you want business law advice, you expect your attorney to be knowledgeable, experienced, helpful, forthright, and wise. At the Law Office of Mitchell A. Port, you can count on a professional and results-oriented experience that will exceed your expectations.

 

When you work with Mitchell A. Port, Esquire, you will benefit from more than 25 years of specialized experience in Tax Controversies—as a lawyer and a prior Internal Revenue Service revenue/collection officer— as well as years working as a practicing attorney in probate, estate planning and business transactions. Mitch will be the only attorney working on your case, which means that all matters, from the simplest to the most complicated, will receive his exacting and personal attention.

 

Together, you and Mitch will consider practical, sensible, no-nonsense solutions and options to address your California probate questions, find relief from your tax problems, or fulfill your estate planning or business transaction goals. Your work together will be enhanced by good communication and the rendering of services in a timely and cost-effective manner. Offering flexibility and accessibility, Mitch is available to work with you in Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County, and Santa Barbara County—wherever your case is located.

 

Awards

Top Contributor 2014,2012
Top Contributor
2014 2012
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

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Licensed for 40 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 12/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Mitchell

Law Office of Mitchell A. Port
9054 Cresta Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90035

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
Mitchell received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2012
Posted by Yaffa | July 10, 2015
Mitch Port to the rescue
I had a Probate matter that was very complex and difficult and that made me feel helpless and hopeless, and no other attorney was willing to tackle. Mitch Port came to my rescue and hung in there even when a settlement was not guaranteed, and previous negotiations before he substituted in were unsuccessful. He is very compassionate and treats his clients with a lot of patience and a willingness to listen. He is a tough negotiator from his years of experience handling cases, and knows just the right thing to say and do to get past the barriers and get results. I highly recommend him and his superb legal expertise.
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Posted by Jamie | February 10, 2015
Polite, Helpful, and Easy to Work With
Mitchell attended to all my probate needs with efficiency and compassion. All his work was incredibly professional and detail oriented. I would highly recommend Mitchell for all your legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Par Excellence
Mitchell Port is the standard bearer in my eyes for what makes a great attorney. He has the character, skill, energy, and experience anyone in need of a powerful attorney requires. Prior to retaining Mr. Port, my wife and I felt extremely vulnerable due to circumstances involving family members and inheritance theft. The attorneys we contacted prior to Mr. Port did not impress us at all to say the least. As luck would have it we found Mr. Port's contact information from this website and gave him a call. That was the beginning of when our circumstances began to change... Mr. Port took us from feelings of hopelessness to a renewed sense of confidence that we had the requisites for a winning case. He knows probate law like the back of his hand and his decades of experience have given him mastery in understanding court procedures, predicting opposing council strategies, how judges will rule, what tactics work, and more. He worked tirelessly for us and was able to give us a better outcome than even we had hoped for. My family and I owe a great deal of gratitude to Mr. Port for being able to protect our families' interests.
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Posted by Frank and Stacey | August 4, 2017
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Estate plan
Mr. Port helped us craft our estate plan. We received our plan in a timely manner, as we were about to travel outside the country. Mr. Port was very clear and knowledgeable on California law regarding estate plans. He cleared up several issues regarding our heirs. We were able to review the document and make any appropriate changes. All in all we were very satisfied with his service and his fees.
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Posted by Sherry | October 23, 2016
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Excellent and caring attorney
Mitch Port is not only knowledgeable, he is diligent and caring as well. I highly recommend Mitch for estate planning services and probate. Great attorney!
Posted by Phil | July 9, 2015
Hard working, knowledgeable and dedicated attorney!
We had a new attorney handling our case in court, and the person we were battling for a settlement just laughed at him and no progress was made. We knew then that we needed a tough negotiator that was thoroughly knowledgeable and experienced and firm, who would handle the case better and gain some respect for our argument. Mitch Port was that and more. His 33 years experience coupled with his aggressive pursuit of our claim, convinced the other party to settle, agreeing to the full requested settlement that we asked for. He knows how to play hardball if needed and is a superb negotiator with excellent negotiating skills both verbal and written. We highly recommend him!
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Posted by Jay | September 7, 2012
Good & Competent Lawyer
I have used the services of Mitchell Port, both personally and professionally. I have found him to be trustworthy, relaible, competent and professional. He makes any needed legal service easy, understandable and affordable. I would recommend him highly to anyone requiring his legal services.
Posted by Gladys | September 1, 2012
Probate of my Brother's Estate in Los Angeles, California
Mitchell Port has handled my Brother's Probate in Los Angeles, California. I live in Spring, Texas and had to make many trips to Los Angeles in connection with my Brother's Estate. After my first meeting with Mitchell, I was so impressed that I hired him the same day. He explained every step before I had to decide what to do and advised me correctly throughout the the entire probate event. The probate process went very smoothly thanks to Mitchell's guidance and expertise. I would highly recommend Mitchell Port to anyone who is seeking a probate attorney who is trustworthy and very capable.
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Posted by Laurie | August 27, 2012
Success: Step by Step
I used Mitchell Port both to design my Family Living Trust, but also to handle a sticky probate situation for my Ex Husband's estate. Mitch, was very good about explaining what to expect from the process, and educating us about the choices we would need to make. His fee's are very reasonable and he delivers a high quality service. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Zeke | August 25, 2012
Very good at wills and trusts, and business law.
Mitchell Port has been our lawyer for seven years. He helped us put our assets into trusts. He has also on various occasions given us legal advice which always was exceedingly helpful. He has also assisted us with our business matters.
Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2012
Estate Planning
Mr. Port was extremely helpful, reliable and quick regarding development of my Living Trust, Will, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Advanced Health Care Directive.
Posted by Robert | August 22, 2012
Responsive and knowledgeable
Mitch helped my family with our trust and will planning. He listened to what we wanted to accomplish and then helped create a program that would do just that. I appreciate his honesty, knowledge, and responsiveness.
Posted by Dave | August 22, 2012
A Layman's best friend
Mitch prepared our estate plan as well as many others for my clients and friends. He made complex topics easy to understand and helped us narrow our options so we could get through the process quickly. The fact that he works from a home office and doesn't charge "big firm" fees is a plus.
Posted by Sharlene | August 21, 2012
Reviewing my Attorney, Mitchell Allan Port
Mitchell port prepared my will and trust. He was very articulate in explaining the legalities. He answered my questions in a very clear and concise way. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing his legal services.
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2012
Smart and to the point
Mr. Port was a pleasure to deal with. He did the estate planning for my parents and then for me. Great advice and counsel on making decisions and sorting through any number of issues. A wonderful, grounded guy who listens and cares.
Posted by denise | August 21, 2012
M. Port should be your first and only choice for trust and estate matters
I would trust M. Port with all estate matters. He answers questions thoroughly and discusses all consequences of different estate plan options. He completes the work as promised and bills, as agreed. He's easy to reach by phone and responsive to any messages left. He is knowledgeable in all areas of estate planning and trusts. I have referred others who have also found him to be competent, reliable and approachable.
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Posted by Jeannine | August 9, 2012
Create a Trust
I have used Mitch's services for 20 years. Whenever, I have changes to my trusts, I call him. He is experienced, knowledgeable, accessible and clear with his recommendations and advice. I will continue to use his services as I build my estate.
Posted by Mayer | August 7, 2012
A knowledgeable and extremely responsive Estate Planning attorney
Mitch is a most capable and knowledgeable tax planning and estate planning attorney. I have the utmost confidence and trust in him. I have reccomennded him to many of my friends, family and professional collegues.
Posted by Lana | August 7, 2012
Very helpful and precise
Mitch was the most helpful with creating my Living Trust documents. I was not familiar with the process and therefore was particularly thankful for his patience in explaining to me the various scenarios. I would definitely recommend Mitch in the future.
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2012
Compassionate and competent, with a good sense of humor
Mitch prepared my living trust following the untimely and unexpected death of my younger brother (then 50). I was only 52 at the time, and, while knowing that preparing a trust was important, I wasn't sure emotionally that I'd be able to handle the process. Mitch took me through the process step-by-step, providing good advice when required, and answering all my questions about the medical directives to ensure I understood the consequences of my decisions on my survivors. He handled all this compassionately and competently, while never losing his unique (sometimes black) sense of humor. Together, we made sure that my trust and medical directives reflect my decisions and needs.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Mitchell A. Port
  • 1993 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Firm
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • IRS
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Revenue Officer
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1981 - 1983
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Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws - TAX
  • 1988
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • undergraduate
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • Los Angeles Superior Court - Probate
  • Court Approved Client Matter
  • IRS Tax Controversy
  • Tax and Penalty Abatement

Associations

  • LinkedIn (www.LinkedIn.com)
  • Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • ProVisors (www.ProVisors.com)
  • Attorney
  • 2001 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Chair - Employee Benefits Section
  • 1990 - 1991

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Tax Law TOP BLOG
  • LexisNexis
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Lawyer in Probate, Tax & Closely Held Business
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Broker World
  • A New Sizzle for Split Dollar
  • 1993
  • http://www.californiataxattorneyblog.com/
  • various
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • DHS - Pre-Retirement
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Rotary Luncheons
  • Avoiding Probate and California Estate Planning
  • 2003
  • California CPA Society
  • Estate Planning Primer
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (10)
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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this lawyer he is a true professional"
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mitchell is well known in the legal community as an effective advocate for his clients."
Probate Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Probate Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Port. I have followed his answers on avvo and also talked to him about a couple cases over the years. He seems to be aware of the important issues and seems to care about his clients best interest. I endorse him."
Probate Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Mitchell has made a substantial number of contributions on avvo.com. I have read several of his contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Tax Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. He is the "Go To" guy for any matters involving Death & Taxes. His dedication to his clients is unmatched and I would recommend him to my closest friends and family for their most personal and important legal matters"
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Because Attorney Port and I practice in the same general areas of law, I have had the opportunity to review his responses to a number of Avvo Askers and I have found his advice to be practical, helpful and legally astute. I find that I invariably agree with his counsel and I am happy to commend his services to the Avvo community and to potential clients who may be in need of estate planning, probate or tax advice in Southern California. James Frederick"
Probate Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very competent and personable."
Tax Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mitch on a number of occasions, both in the estate and trust area and in IRS collection matters, and I've found him to be excellent in both fields. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mitch Port for years as a highly competent estate planning attorney, who also very capable in representing clients with disputes with the IRS. I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mitch Port is a highly qualified attorney who handles his clients' matters with the utmost care. I highly recommend him."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mitchell Port. He is an excellent lawyer and wonderful mentor."
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Los Angeles Probate Lawyer Mitchell A. Port
Mitchell A. Port
Probate Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 40 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available