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Michael I Burstein

Estate planning Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

3.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Oklahoma - OK 27 years
    California - CA 36 years
    Kansas - KS 28 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OK
    Acquired 1996
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1995
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Working with wills, trusts, and planning for the future

    31 years

  2. Business

    31 years

  3. Probate

    31 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation

    31 years

  5. Limited liability company (LLC)

    31 years

  6. Elder law

    31 years


Michael Burstein started as an attorney in 1987 working at a Century City law firm and focuses on wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, elder law, and business planning. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, which happens to be the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. At Hastings he was the Managing Editor of the Constitutional Law Quarterly.

After law school Michael began applying what he had learned initially as a member of the California Bar and later adding the Kansas and Oklahoma bars. In addition to being a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Order of Distinguished Attorneys, Michael is also an active member of Wealth Counsel (which is a national network of practicing estate planning attorneys) as well as Elder Counsel, Wealth Counsel Advisors, and serves on the Board of the Directors of the Culver Marina Bar Association.

Michael’s passion shines through in all aspects of his work, and his desire to educate his clients as well as the general public has led him to host educational seminars and boot camps. He has experience in addressing thousands of unique situations and takes the time to make sure that not only his clients work is done efficiently, but that his clients are comfortable every step of the way.

Throughout his career Michael has prepared upwards of 3,500 trusts, 5,000 wills, and probates approximately 50 estates annually. His attention to detail, mastery of the law, and willingness to do whatever it takes to meet the individual needs of a wide range of clients has allowed him to build a successful practice in the Los Angeles area since going out on his own in 1989. Many of his clients have been with him for years, and recommend his services to family and friends alike.


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Burstein Law Firm
11600 Washington Place
Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA, 90066
Michael I Burstein
111 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Suite 250
Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266
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Posted by Marcy Smith | March 11, 2011
Great attorney
After my mothers death I was all over the place uncertain of what to do regarding her estate. I found Mr. Burstein on 1800 probate, after our telephone conversation I felt much at ease. He made the the whole probate process easy to understand and smooth. His assistant was very helpful.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
TERRIBLE ATTORNEY - He Does Not Have Compassion for His Clients !!!!
I hired Michael as a Probate Attorney when my dad passed away and he was TERRIBLE. He was nice before I initially hired him. Once he was hired he showed his true self. He wouldn't return my calls. He didn't want to give me my file back after I fired him. He wanted me to pay for the copies, when the file belong to me. He was always rude whenever I called to speak wit him about doing his job. He cost me additional fees, because I hired another attorney to do the work. For a while he had me feeling that all attorneys were like him but now I know they are not. If you are ever referred to him, RUN. Your experience will be bad if you hire this attorney.... CLIENT BEWARE !!!! I WISH THEY HAD THE OPTION OF NO STARS. HE DOESN'T DESERVE A STAR AT ALL...
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Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • The Burstein Law Firm
  • 1990 - Present


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • undergraduate
  • 1984


  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Culver Marina Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Culver Marina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Advisor's Forum, WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • World's Greatest Uncle
  • Burstein Family
  • 2008


  • Estate Planning Strategies/Collective Wisdom, Proven Techniques
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trusts and Estates Boot Camp
  • Super Charge Your Practice (for CPAs and Advisors)
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (19)
Endorse Michael
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Other
"Michael demonstrated commitment to excellence in his profession by participating in, and attending, a fantastic seminar. My observations over two days lead my to recommend him without hesitation."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Other
"I highly recommend this attorney. They are extremely well qualified technically and constantly striving to become better educated to provide better professional services for their clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an eminently diligent and conscientious attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.Michael Burstein is an excellent lawyer who establishes enduring and effective lawyer-client relationships. He is knowledgeable, pragmatic, diligent and polite. His skills inside and outside the courtroom demonstrate a strong commitment to the legal profession and the long term welfare of his clients. Michael Burstein represents, in effect, the consummate professional who is exceptionally competent and deeply concerned about his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although I’ve known Michael for several years, only recently did I have the chance to spend some time with him, get to know him up close and in person, and learn a little about his practice and his approach to estate planning. I know there are lots of skilled estate planning attorneys in Los Angeles, and certainly he’s not the only one. But anyone who is looking for a real problem-solver, who will give personalized attention and follow up on an estate planning engagement promptly, efficiently, and professionally, would be well advised to give him serious consideration. I endorse Michael Burstein."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently met Mr. Burstein at a seminar and was impressed by his strong commitment to his clients. He struck me as very dedicated to providing a superior client experience and I am glad to recommend his services."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently had occasion to work with Mr. Burstein. I found his knowledge to be extraordinary and his insight superior. I endorse Mr. Burstein without any reservation whatsoever to anyone who needs to hire a top shelp Estate Planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is your trusted partner when it comes to probate law and estate planning. He is extremely knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile. I highly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Other
"Michael is thorough, diligent and knowledgeable. He understands his clients' estate planning needs, and implements strategies that get results. I recommend Michael's work!"
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure to meet Michael and find him to be an exceptional estate planning attorney who has an incredible passion to help his clients. He is very personable and easy to talk to, especially regarding your personal wishes regarding your assets and last wishes.."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I had an opportunity to meet Mr. Burstein at a recent legal conference and found him to be very knowledgable and experienced as an estate planning attorney."
General practice Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the opportunity to know Mr. Burstein and I believe he is a knowledgeable, trustworthy member of the legal community who provides excellent representation to his clients."
Probate Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Michael Burstein on several probate and trust matters over the past 10 years. I have found him to be smart, responsive and diligent, resulting in successful solutions for the clients on those matters. I will continue to look to him when I need co-counsel or to consult with a legal expert in trust and probate matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Other
"Michael is a fellow member of WealthCounsel, which is a national organization of committed estate planning attorneys. Members of WealthCounsel are dedicated estate planners on a level much higher than the average lawyer who prepares wills and trusts."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael through his years of committed membership in WealthCounsel, LLC. Michael's participation and generous sharing of knowledge with the group members is commendable. On numerous occasions, Michael has provided the group with keen observations and insights on how best to tackle a particular estate planning matter -- particularly in the arena of federal estate taxation and asset protection. Consequently, he receives my endorsement."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked closely with Michael on several high net worth estate planning matters. I have found him to be knowledgeable, responsible, and to do outstanding work. He is bright and competent and takes care of these clients needs with consideration and attention. He is the kind of attorney that makes a difference, not only because of his legal ability and skill, but because he knows and understands his clients and their objectives and concerns."
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Los Angeles Estate planning Lawyer Michael I Burstein
Michael I Burstein
Estate planning Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 36 years