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Halli Baum Heston

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   21 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Halli

Learn Halli’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    75%
    Principally representing debtors in cases arising under Chapters 7 and 13.

    44 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Probate
    15%

    44 years

  3. Estate planning
    5%

    44 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    5%

    44 years

I APPROACH EACH CASE WITH COMPASSION, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE KNOWING THAT EACH CLIENT IS UNIQUE.

Halli Heston also handles bankruptcy cases for individuals and small businesses. She is a Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California and has held that position since 1994. Ms. Heston also handles the firm’s probate and estate administration practice. Ms. Heston’s legal career includes reported appellate decisions, speaking engagements, as well as public service and providing volunteer legal services.

Awards

Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
2013

Location

Heston & Heston Attorneys at Law
19700 Fairchild Road
Suite 280
Irvine, CA, 92612
Heston & Heston, Attorneys At Law
3610 Central Avenue
Suite 400
Riverside, CA, 92506
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by Katie | November 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional
Halli and her team were very professional. They were good at fully explaining details and next steps for my situation and answered any and all questions that I had. I'm grateful that I had their help through a situation that would otherwise have been very stressful and overwhelming. Thanks so much!
Posted by Darin | March 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Hiring Hailli was truly the best decision I made and in turn I achieved the best possible outcome available to me. From the beginning, I felt my relationship with Hailli was that of a personal one and when it was time to get to business Hailli did nothing short of quite literally, getting things done. Both she and her assistant Yani always made themselves available to me and were very responsive throughout. They were excellent with the hand holding and explanations when needed and then taking things in to their own hands at the end to close things out. I was always informed of reasonable expectations I felt and of course had my fingers crossed for what the best possible outcome might be. In the end Hailli was able to convince the courts of what she was fighting for and what was best for me. She came recommended from a family friend/attorney and I would certainly recommend her to anyone in this same situation. Again, thank you Hailli, for everything!
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Posted by SMH | September 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Efficient
High praise for Hallie Heston and staff for managing my Chapter 13. From beginning to end, Mrs, Heston took charge, and communicated clearly and timely. I appreciated the compassionate advice, and continued support throughout the 3 years in took to discharge within the one time fee. Thank you.
Posted by Richard | November 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 13
Halli was very compassionate and set both my wife and I at ease at a very difficult time for us. She was very knowledgeable and able to make the process easy for us to complete. Although we are not close friends, both my wife and I feel like we have gained a friend in just working with her. If there is any other legal work that she does that we can access now that we have completed our bankruptcy, we will have no hesitancy in hiring this consummate professional attorney!
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Posted by AlbertTetreault | July 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Halli and her team were and are fantastic. In a critical time of our lives, filing Bankruptcy, Halli and her team were sensitive to our needs and emotions. Answered questions that may have seemed petty with respect and dignity. The handling of the case and helping us to keep our vehicles meant alot. Thank you Halli Heston and the team at Heston and Heston. Sincerely, Al and Pam T.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 7 bankruptcy
Halli was very professional, helpful and a very nice person to speak with regarding my bankruptcy. Everything flowed nicely and put my worries to rest. Would definitely recommend her.
Posted by Colleen | June 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Painless!
Ms. Heston was referred to me by another attorney that I respect, so I was expecting a lot. And did she ever deliver! This was a very stressful time for me, and I was going through it by myself. I wouldn't say I needed a lot of hand holding, but.... well, OK, I did need a lot of hand holding. I didn't know or understand the process or what I was supposed to do at all. Ms. Heston never allowed me to feel overwhelmed by the whole process and walked me through it. Every time I saw an email from her or talked to her on the phone, I was put at ease, and she would say, we'll get through this. It's what she does, I was never worried. I would recommend Ms. Heston to my friends, family, anyone who needs an excellent attorney. I feel so fortunate to have found her.
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Posted by Dennis | May 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ch. 13 BK - Halli Heston lead us through tough times!
When a person looks at Wikipedia for the definition of Friend they don't normally see Attorney or ESQ there in the definition but we want to thank you, Friend. Five + years ago we could not see daylight any longer. We had liquidated assets, savings, retirement and ran up debt just trying to preserve the shelter over our heads. We had leveraged our line of credit in a dark attempt to chart our lives into calmer seas but the storm of the housing industry hit us like a hurricane. We even liquidated a mutual fund just to get into the then 'solution' fad of the day 'modification' only to find we had been prey, that attorney would be later dis-barred. In a last ditch effort I called an old friend I had not talked to since High School, as the HARP law was being rolled out and something happened; a deal was worked out by Chase and our Court appointed legal aid. It was workable, we saw a glimmer of hope, then it was dashed down as we found out WE were a Mortgage Backed Security and the foreclosure King, Deutsche owned our note. They would not approve the plan, the note holder would not approve the modification. A few days later we met with legal aid to see our options and found we had very little, Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. My cousin gave us the best possible advice: check the best lawyers in the OC for Chapter 7 & Chapter 13. Then decide. We did that. Halli and you have been indeed the BEST in the OC. You told us up front our requirements, we told you we could do it and you delivered for us. You've always answered every question even when the money pressures got me hot and I got snarky. It has been a long 5 years with many adventures, my wife working two jobs like waitressing at Denny's while stocking shelves at Walmart. To watching every penny and working on a 2nd job myself, just to stay in the plan. Thanks again, Job well done Ms. Halli Heston ESQ and the Heston team, Friends. Dennis & Susie
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Posted by Vicki | December 7, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!!!!
My husband and I had first gone to a different attorney and the information she had given us didn't sound right. We researched to find another attorney and the one that was highly recommended to us was Halli Heston. We found her to be everything we were looking for in an attorney. Smart, honest, nice, and "had all the right answers" to our questions. Always available when we had questions. Definitely a problem solver.
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Posted by Mike | July 22, 2015
Mike H.
We researched attorneys online and came across Halli Heston's Bio and knew she was the one we wanted to help us.. She is a terrific attorney and we were satisfied from the first day we met with her at her office. She is knowledgeable, prompt and professional. Halli and her staff have been able to answer our questions in a timely manner. The whole process for filling bankruptcy was stressful but she and her staff made us feel a lot better when we had a deadline to meet. All we can say is "Thank You" very much for your time and your service.
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Posted by Robert | May 13, 2015
Outstanding Attorney
I was referred to Halli Heston, from the O.C. Bar Association. They told me that Halli was a terrific attorney, and that I would be satisfied. Not only was I satisfied, Halli was exceptionally professional, and fully represented me in court. I appreciate everything that she has done for me, and her staff is friendly, and very professional too. They kept me up to date on the proceedings, and also reminded me when I needed to complete the required courses. Thank you very much for your time, and service.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2015
Ch 7 Bankruptcy
After researching for attorneys online, I am so happy that I came across Halli Heston. Since contacting her, she and her team have been nothing but prompt, knowledgeable and professional. Filing for bankruptcy can be an extremely stressful process, but Halli made it easy to navigate. I only wish I had found her sooner.
Posted by Diane | December 29, 2013
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Mrs. Heston has been by my side for over 5 years as I made my way through Chapter 13 Bankruptcy proceedings. As my life had ups and downs, she was there guiding me offering words of encouragement, answering questions, and providing the legal knowledge to help me stay on track. I was happy to complete all the necessary payments and received my discharge! I could not have done it without her support.
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Posted by Robert | September 18, 2013
Chapter 7 filling
Hali was very clear and through in explaining the procedure to file. She kept a open line of communication and answered our questions promptly. she was recommended to us by another lawyer and the fee was very reasonable. Respectfully , Mr & Mrs R Barlow
Posted by Eugene | April 30, 2013
Excellent lawyer and a good person
Straightforward,prompt, and very professional! We always feel comfortable and welcome. Thank you Halli.
Posted by GEORGE | April 30, 2013
HALLI HESTON OF HESTON AND HESTON
I AM JUST FINISHING MY CASE HANDLED BY HALLI HESTON' SHE IS EXCELLENT! FROM MY FIRST MEETING WHEN SHE EXPLAINED WHAT WAS INVOLVED UNTIL THE CASE WAS OVER MS. HESTON KEPT US FULLY INFORMED AS WELL AS TELLING US WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT. SHE WAS ALSO EXCELLENT IN RETURNING CALLS WITH THE ANSWER TO OUR QUESTIONS. MS. HESTON ,IN MY OPINION, IS AN EXCELLENT ATTORNEY AND I WOULD RECOMMEND HER !
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Posted by Tom | March 20, 2013
Bankruptcy: Sometimes Necessary
My wife and I are more than pleased with the manner in which Halli handled our case. She was thorough in her research, and excellent in her representation. Additionally, her fees were modest in relation to the work done.
Posted by David | January 3, 2013
Fabulous lawyer to guide you through bk
Halli was thorough, kind, and very knowledgeable. She provided excellent advice that allowed me to make some key decisions and was always efficient in responding to my needs.
Posted by Leif | December 19, 2012
Very Compitent, Had a Good Experience
Halli Heston was a tremendous help in my Chapter 13 filing. I felt comfortable with her from the very beginning in our initial meeting. I had a special situation in that I needed to follow the exemptions from another state that Ms. Heston was unfamiliar with. This did not stop her from doing the research necessary to get my filing correct. She does keep a small staff which has its positives in that I was more than a case number, but the negative was that at times I had to wait until late in the evening for a response to questions. Her practice did greatly simplify the filing process and I had no concerns that any communication or deadline with the courts would be missed. I understand that her practice handles more than bankruptcy cases but I have no input to provide.
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Posted by Gina | September 12, 2011
Highly Recommended
Attorney Halli Heston is wonderful! She's knowledgeable, caring and helpful. She was referred to me and I am very happy with her service...
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-430 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Heston & Heston, Attorneys at Law
  • 1981 - Present

Education

  • Southwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of California - Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Chiu
  • Affirmed by BAP and by Ninth Circuit

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Bankruptcy Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2021
  • Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California - Recertification
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Volunteer Commitment
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • United States Bankruptcy Court Central District of CA
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Volunteer Commitment
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Volunteer Commitment
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California - Recertification
  • 2009
  • Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California - Recertification
  • 2004
  • Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California - Recertification
  • 1999
  • Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist
  • California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Pro Bono Training
  • Chapter 7 cases
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (1)
Endorse Halli
Unknown Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Heston is a very knowledgeable and experienced bankruptcy lawyer. I have had the privilege of meeting with her and consulting with her on several difficult issues over the years. She will return calls and treat you with the utmost respect."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Halli is a first class attorney and her clients are lucky to have her representing them. She has a lot of experience in bankruptcy law and is very well respected in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Irvine Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Halli Baum Heston
Halli Baum Heston
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 44 years
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