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James Alan Hagan

Probate Attorney at Pasadena, CA

4.5   8 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    The probate process is riddled with, timelines, mandatory forms, required procedure, and traps for the unwary. Do not expose yourself to unwanted liability and delay; let an experienced probate attorney guide you through the process.

  2. Elder law
    Do you believe a loved one over the age of 65 is being taken advantage of? The law has specific safeguards to protect the elderly from financial abuse. Please contact us to discuss your concerns.

  3. Wills and living wills
    Do not accept what you believe to be unjust and contrary to the wishes of your deceased love one. Contact us so that we may address your concerns and ensure that their wishes are fulfilled.

James A. Hagan is a trial lawyer who has spent the majority of his professional career litigating a vast variety of complex disputes on behalf of individuals in state and federal courts throughout the Southland.  Mr. Hagan’s trial experience and, over a decade of representing probate and trust clients, provides his clients an insight into the winning arguments, principal issues, risks, factors important to the probate court, as well as the ability to evaluate less costly resolutions.  Mr. Hagan left the corporate law world to focus his practice on helping everyday individuals through difficult periods with sensitivity, determination, and the relentless pursuit of justice.  

Licensed for 16 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/02/2022

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

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James Alan Hagan
215 N Marengo Ave Fl 3
Pasadena, CA, 91101-1504
James Alan Hagan
9650 Business Center Drive
Suite 120
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730
James Alan Hagan
2901 West Coast Highway
Suite 350
Newport Beach, CA, 92663
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  8 customer reviews
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Posted by AZ | November 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Vastly knowledgeable and generous with his time
James is absolutely the best attorney I have ever met. He has an innate understanding of justice, he cares but doesn’t get emotional, he has a laser sharp understanding of law procedure and process, and he is your best asset to serve your legal needs. The best!
Posted by Tom | December 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended attorney
James is an amazing attorney. He helped me get full custody of my two boys after not being able to see them for over two months. I highly recommend him to anyone going through a divorce or custody battle.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced & Assertive Counsel
I was referred to Mr. James A. Hagan by a friend. He and his staff has been literally godsent to our family by providing discerning logic and sound counsel on a complex family law case. He really listened to me and got the important elements of my case that needed to be brought forward before the courts. This may sound typical or normal for attorney client relationship but his manner in conveying back to me what was important and what was not set me at ease and delivered the results I had hoped for. A true client advocate with a measured hand of reasonableness that resulted in a good outcome for me and my family. I would recommend Mr. Hagan and his seasoned staff to anyone facing the challenge of navigating family court.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Finally an attorney who does a good job!
I was referred to Mr. Hagan by a friend. I have used other attorneys and they were never effective. I have a "high-conflict" divorce and custody case. Mr. Hagan has earned his money with my case and has made movement in my case where others refused to because it was too difficult and did not want the hassle of dealing with opposing counsel's game playing tactics that would drive anyone insane!! Mr. Hagan has stood his ground and after 4 years, I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. Mr. Hagan does not fight for the unreasonable and he will advise you as such. If you want an attorney that will not sugar coat or bull sh*& you to take your money, then he is the one for you. He's fees have also been reasonable. In court he is respected by the judge and by other attorneys. Every time we go to court other attorneys have said, "You have a good one." Something I never heard about my previous attorneys. I have a long 13 years to go and Mr. Hagan will be the only attorney I use for my case.
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Posted by roger90638 | November 21, 2014
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I have known Mr. Hagan for a number of years. He has provided both my spouse and I with amazing representation. I just read the one negative review from a client we recommended to Mr. Hagan. In all fairness, this client is very very difficult and has a history of problems with every attorney he has ever dealt with because he knows more than they do and cannot keep his mouth shut in court, blurting out at every turn. Please give NO stock to the review. Mr. Hagan is worth every penny we paid him, and we continue to recommend clients to him on a regular basis.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2013
When he walks into the courtroom people notice him. When he speaks he is respected even more. The other side will curl with fear
The odds were against me. There were too many individuals that wanted to see me go down. Wanting to see me crumble with no bright future and nothing to my name. Why? Because that's what they were saying...lies. Fragmented lies to prospectively ruin me. Of course the truth prevailed and James A. Hagan proved that. He proved that to the jury...he proved that to the judge and left the DA speechless with nothing left to say...but more lies. The world we live in today is not a moral world. There are many venomous individuals out there and take the wrong path because they are not happy with their current situation. I don't respect liars but I do respect the truth. My attorney James A. Hagan respects the truth and proves it. He has lifted me up when I was at my worst breaking points and when the DA wanted me to take the plea bargain he kept telling me that I should keep going and not give up. He was always readily available whenever I had questions. I would not have my life today if I had chosen a public defender or taken the plea bargain. Today I am so much more happier with my life and am so grateful to have had him represent me. He knows the law, has knows strategies and by all means will never let you down. Yes...he's that good. I highly recommend him and will continue to have him as my personal lawyer if trouble should ever find me again. I hope not! If mind is at ease knowing that I have him because he is the best.
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Posted by Francine | April 12, 2013
The Best Attorney
James A. Hagan is the best attorney that I have ever hired! He is competent and aggressive. My family and I use him for all of our legal needs. He is the only attorney we trust. He also provides quality legal work. He has never been late to an appearance, his fees are very reasonable. My family and I will continue to use him for all of our business and legal needs. I recommend him highly.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
While he comes across professionally and knowledgeable when you are hiring him he barely prepares for court, looks extremely disorganized with his paperwork and frankly I could not even tell you what value he provided other then showing up at court and acted like a nasty and harsh person. This was the first attorney I ever had to hire for a personal matter and wow did I learn my lesson! My advice to you is don't believe his BS sincerity and tough talk up front, Mr. Hagan will take every penny he can from you with terrible outcomes from he first tells you!
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AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of California - Riverside
  • N/A


  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with James A. Hagan on several matters and trust his professional opinions in both Family Law and Probate matters. He is an excellent litigator who truly cares for his clients needs and concerns.This makes all the difference in both areas of law."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hagan is a fierce competitor in the courtroom. He is a passionate advocate for his clients and a consummate professional."

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Pasadena Probate Lawyer James Alan Hagan
James Alan Hagan
Probate Attorney
Pasadena, CA
Licensed for 16 years