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Robert Lawrence Cohen

Probate Attorney at Buena Park, CA

5.0   28 reviews

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  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
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My job is to complete the probate process as efficiently and painlessly for my clients as possible.  I have found that paying the costs of probate can add unneeded stress, so I will advance all of the fees and costs for the probate.  No money is required to complete the probate.  I will be reimbursed at the end of the case.  Appearing in Court can be stressful, so I handle all of the Court hearings and in 98% of my cases my clients never appear in Court.  Less stress, happier clients. I enjoy helping people.  My practice focuses solely on probate matters.  

I am happy to introduce my clients to very competent and trustworthy professionals (realtor, accountant and stock broker) during and after the probate case to assist with all sorts of issues including taking the laboring oar on selling the house, stocks, cars and other personal items.  During the case, I return calls/emails quickly and am honest and forthright.  I try to foresee any issues and take care of everything. 

This can be a scary process (though if you retain me it will not be) and there is no such thing as a dumb question, so please call me now and let me explain the probate process and answer all your questions over the phone for free.  Usually the paperwork and the entire probate can be handled by email and mail reducing the need to take off work to visit my office although you are always welcome.  I also entertain probate litigation/undue influence cases on contingency.  Thank you for considering me as your attorney.  Let me ease your stress!


Law Offices Of Robert L Cohen, Inc.
8081 Orangethorpe Ave
Buena Park, CA, 90621
Law Offices Of Robert L Cohen, Inc.
16912 Gridley Place
Cerritos, CA, 90703
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Posted by April | October 26, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Called for a consultation and I was given lots of information. Their information was very helpful and they are very knowledgeable.
Posted by Patricia | January 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE Probate Guy We All Need!
This is really *THE* Probate Guy you need to have on speed dial! We were unprepared for an unexpected death of my father in law. After the difficulty coordinating plans and working with a mortuary totally overwhelmed from covid we were left with a new daunting task... his messy and confusing estate. I'm kicking myself for not reaching out sooner. Robert really cares about people and you can tell loves what he does -- most of all he's GREAT at what he does! He's upfront and 100% transparent with what's practical and is willing to point you in a different direction if you need to be. I really hope this review helps anyone who was in my shoes. It was awful while grieving to have all that stress not knowing what we should do or who we should talk to over my father in law's estate. He instantly put us at ease, saved us a ton and lifted almost a month worth of stress right off our shoulders. Forever grateful! Thank you!
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Posted by Jeannie | May 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Answered Prayer...
So, you're looking for a Probate Guy. I'm here to tell you Robert Cohen is your man! He was the answer to my prayers...literally! Dealing with probate at such an emotional time is not easy. If you're like me, you don't know much about the process. I found him on line & read his reviews. I called & he took a lot of time answering & explaining. The time he spent, & at no charge, was impressive. He has the knowledge & experience. His confidence is comforting. He keeps you informed & gets the job done. He admits he "pushy" but I see him as aggressive. That's the kind of attorney you want. He doesn't waste time or money. You can trust him. He will even listen when you find yourself emotional. That's really something when you realize he deals with this all the time. He cares, but his goal is to complete your case. He knows that will bring you some peace. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Sam | November 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank's Robert!!!
Robert handled my family's old probate issue that was not correctly handled in the beginning. After 11 yrs. of family feuding and a "do-nothing lawyer", I called Robert and from our first phone call I could tell he was up for the challenge. He guided me through my family's difficult case and followed through on every avenue and strategy needed to bring resolution and closure to our Mother's Estate. He never allowed emotions or personality issues to cloud or distract him from the tasks at hand. In the end he settled my mother's estate in a timely manner that was fair to all family members. I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by Genevieve | September 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probate question
My father passed away unexpectedly in March with a little mess with his estate. I thought I could do it all on my own but realized that I could not. So I called Robert Cohen Friday afternoon and he gave me some great advice. He was unable to take my case for now explaining that I should call him in a year however if anything comes up to call him. For six months I worried. Now I am not. It isn't easy loosing parent suddenly and dealing with everything but Robert just made it more bearable. Thank you so much and talk to you in a year.
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Posted by Barbara | January 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney with human approche to your problems.
Great attorney, professional , kind and understanding. My case did not qualify for his expertise of probate, but I got from him very good advise. Thank you Mr. Robert Cohen.
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
simply amazing
Robert helped us in an extremely difficult multi state probate case. He didnt even charge us for the consult and offered professsional and ethical advice regarding our matter.
Posted by Roger | October 31, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A great attorney
I cantacted Robert concerning a family trust issue. He got me in touch with a financial analyst to asses the value of the trust and find assets. He then got me in contact with a specialist attorney to handel the case. There must have been 10 emails between us and others who were very helpful. Robert never asked for any fee and has continued to advise us. He is truly a caring man who wants to help.
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Posted by Dean | October 14, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Friendly Professional When I Needed One.
How someone treats those they don't have to treat well tells a lot about the person. By that standard Robert L. Cohen is a giant! I am currently in a very difficult situation and considering a conservatorship for an elderly parent. Even though Robert doesn't do conservatorships, he helped me select and referred me to a trusted attorney that does, all without asking me for a dime. In my opinion, this is the mark of a true professional. I needed a compassionate, clear eyed assessment and some friendly professional advice, I got both, much more than I bargained for. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Robert L. Cohen to anyone. Thank you again, I really needed help and you helped me, and it can't be understated how very much I appreciate you for that.
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Posted by Debbie | June 30, 2015
Thank you!!!
Called to retain him, was given FREE options instead. Mr. Cohen still answered several more questions for me! Can't tell you how much his FREE time means to me & how much help he provided!
Posted by Jennifer | May 18, 2015
Great Attorney
I was getting screwed over by the attorney I first hired for probate case, he asked for 40% as I'm a beneficary. I live in missouri so I needed help from here and my attorney at the time was horrible at communication. I called attorney Robert Cohen and he was great and talked me thru everything for FREE! I yet once again called and he helped me thru everything for free. He is a good man for helping me out and I would recommend him over anyone else. I will retain his services :) Thank you Attorney Robert Cohen.
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Posted by Elvis | April 29, 2015
Satisfied Customer
Everything was done correctly to the attorney's ability. The only difficulty with the probate was the actual court processing documents slowly (San Bernardino). To any party that knows me, I absolutely recommend Robert.
Posted by Claudia | March 20, 2015
Probate Advice
I was looking for a probate attorney on behalf of family members who are dealing with an insolvent estate situation. The information provided by Mr. Cohen was very helpful, and allowed us to make the best decision based on the situation. I appreciate Mr. Cohen taking the time to listen and provide the best advice for us.
Posted by Alice | December 15, 2014
Highly Recommend this Attorney
He settled a really difficult case for my family and was easy to work with. Even though I live in Minnesota, he was willing to take the case and I was kept informed of everything by email. He advanced all of the costs for probate and didn't take any fees until the end. I highly recommend Robert and am using him again for another probate. It's been a long road but Robert made it a lot easier.
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Posted by Michael | December 10, 2014
Highly ethical and conscientious
I contacted Robert Cohen in regard to the need to take my mother's estate into probate. I am currently joint holder on her accounts and will inherit all the assets on her death. My doubt was about the most effective way to share the estate with my siblings, who are not joint holders. Other attorneys I contacted told me that probate was the only way to go and wanted me to hire them for the work. Robert was the only one who truthfully told me that probate was not necessary. He referred to me a tax accountant who will handle the paperwork for a minimal fee. Instead of going for the fee Robert gave me the correct answer, saving me and my siblings thousands of dollars.
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Posted by Ramon | November 13, 2014
Highly Recommend This Probate Attorney - He Earned The Name The Probate Guy
He was wonderful and helped us out through this tough time. He was very understanding and even helped us get money that wasn't part of the probate for free and applied pressure to make it happen for us. Robert really explained the probate process well and the problems we would face. He made it easy and was always available. I appreciate everything he has done to make a difficult situation much easier.
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Posted by Sara-Lee | September 4, 2014
Very kind....
I was looking for a probate attorney on behalf of a family member. Although it was not a matter Mr. Cohen could assist with, he was very informative and helpful. I have spoken with several other attorneys and he was by far the most helpful and kind person I have dealt with. I would refer him for this alone.
Posted by Darlene | September 3, 2014
Robert and his people did a great job and saved the Probate Estate a lot of money
I came to see Robert when my husband died. Robert listened to the facts of the case for free and was the only attorney that told me to come back in six months to avoid creditor claims. The other attorneys wanted me to sign up right away. Robert also was the only attorney that advanced the money for costs of the probate. The other attorneys wanted me to give them a $1,000 retainer. Robert took care of everything including all the hearings so I did not have to go to Court. He also had the nicest and professional people that made the entire process hassle free. He was very easy to talk with and always returned my calls and spent as much time as necessary. I was skeptical about going to an attorney I did not know but now I can absolutely recommend his services.
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Posted by Cathline Arzaga | July 9, 2014
Great Probate Attorney...HIGHLY RECOMMEND
I would HIGHLY recommend Robert Cohen for anyone seeking a probate attorney. Robert handled EVERYTHING for me , from fronting all of the court fees to successfully negotiating with creditors to selling my grandmother's home (he has great real estate contacts). We never had to appear in court and Robert was VERY responsive to all my concerns ; in fact, I've never worked with an attorney who is so quick to respond to any of my questions. My family and I never expected this process to be as smooth as it turned out to be, and that is all thanks to Robert and his team. Love his friendly, laid back attitude he has too. Thank you so much for all your help Robert!
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Posted by Stephen | June 27, 2014
In appreciation for the legal service from Mr. Robert Cohan, Esquire
On the passing of my son one year ago, I started looking for a probate attorney. And I found Mr. Cohen, Esquire on the Nolo Publishing website. I wrote my Case Review (or (Case Ovrview) and post it to Nolo 's website and request to meet any of the awyers I named to meet. Mr. Cohen responded and assured to help me. I only met him three times for the course of probate which took way more than a year. We did most of the proceedings by phone and emails that suited me just great. The first time I went to his office to drop off my docements I did not see him. He told me that I could have just mailed it. The second time I was in his ofice for signing some probate papers. He told me that we could do it by mails and that will a little longer time. Actually I want see him in person. Yes this time I met him. My impression is he is a good mucle man, good nature, smiling and very assuring. The third time I see him for final signatue to close son's probate case. And of course It was time I pay him. His fee and charges are so resonable all according to what was statutory set. I am so thankful to see him the third time. This third time was a relief; the firt two times I was in anxiety. Something extra I have to mention that he even did me a favor to help to write an amendment to my Living Trust without a fee.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 1%-4%


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner -
  • Law Offices of Robert L. Cohen, Inc.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Clerk to Honorable Judge Alan Ahart
  • Central District Of California, Los Angeles, California
  • 1991 - 1992


  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Boston University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Feuding Family Members Agree to Work Together
  • Probate Completed
  • Foreclosure Sale Stopped to Preserve Equity For Beneficiaries
  • Foreclosure Prevented - Probate Completed
  • Probate Conducted From Washington Without Administrator Coming to California
  • Probate Completed
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  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Fellow
  • 2008 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Fellow
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Boston University
  • 1987


Speaking Engagements

  • The Brown Bag Program
  • Assignments For The Benefit Of Creditors; An Alternative To Bankruptcy?
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

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Given (172)
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Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from Robert's responses on AVVO that he is a knowledgeable and capable advocate who cares about his clients. I endorse this attorney."
Probate Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Probate Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Cohen. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Probate Attorney | Aug 05
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jun 29
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 07
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"I endorse this lawyer for his legal knowledge, and dedication to his clients."
Probate Attorney | May 05
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as an experienced probate law practitioner who provides excellent advice through the Avvo community."
Probate Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hardworking and dedicated to the clients."
Probate Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Robert Cohen. Hard working, skilled, and dedicated to the clients. A respected member within the legal community."
Probate Attorney | Apr 16
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cohen provides details responses to the AVVO community - great asset to AVVO."
Probate Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cohen has impressive credentials and accomplishments, which demonstrate his commitment to providing excellent representation. He consistently provides well-reasoned responses to questions in this forum. He demonstrates in-depth knowledge on a variety of key legal issues, which is evident in his focused, cogent analysis. His legal writing is practical, as well. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyer is highly knowledgeable. I recommend him, without any reservation."
Probate Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cohen is an excellent attorney with significant experience and expertise in the probate field."
Probate Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Experienced and knowledgeable."
Probate Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cohen has outstanding client reviews. He can help."
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