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Brian Lindsay Chew

Trusts Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   11 reviews
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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    I offer my clients affordable advice on Living Trusts, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, Living Wills(Advanced Health Directives), Special Needs Trusts and various Estate Tax avoidance/deferment trusts.

    32 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Estate planning
    We offer specialized trusts to deal with issues such as Special Needs and Estate Tax issue.

    32 years, 50 cases

  3. Power of attorney
    Most of our clients will have a durable power of attorney as part of their estate plan

  4. Wills and living wills
    I draft custom wills and pour-over wills for my clients to ensure that their family is provided for if something were to happen to them. Most of our clients will have an Advanced Healthcare Directive as part of their estate plan

    32 years, 225 cases


My practice specializes in offering my clients affordable estate planning as well as advice on business formation and asset protection in a family friendly atmosphere. By using the latest in legal technology and minimizing overhead, my practice can efficiently design custom estate plans for each of its clients and thus offer services for fees far below traditional law firms.  Our typical estate plan for a couple includes a Joint Living Trust, 2 Wills, 2 Power of Attorneys, 2 Advanced Healthcare Directives and a free consultation every 3 years after we create your trust.

About Brian Chew

Brian was born and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula, attended school at the University of Southern California for eight years, returned to the Silicon Valley from 1992-2008 and have most recently moved back down to Southern California to live in Irvine.  


I have been a licensed attorney since been helping my clients with all of their estate planning, and business law needs.  I strive to offer my clients the best and most personal service possible so that they will not hesitate to recommend my services to their friends and family.  Referrals are the lifeblood of my business.


  • JD, University of Southern California Gould Center of Law, 1992
  • BS, Business Administration, Finance, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, 1988

Credentials and Licenses

  • Attorney, State Bar of California, 1992
  • Real Estate Broker, California Department of Real Estate, 1990

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, California State Bar (Trusts and Estate Section)
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association (Trusts and Estate Section)
  • Affiliate Member, Orange County Association of Realtors
  • Accredited Attorney, Veterans Administration

The Law Office of Brian Chew assists clients with Estate Planning, Residential Real Estate, and Financial Planning in Irvine, California, as well as the following Orange County cities: Lake Forest, East Irvine, El Toro, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo, Newport Coast, Ladera Ranch, Newport Beach, Laguna Woods, Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Tustin, Corona Del Mar, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Laguna Niguel, Silverado Rancho, Santa Margarita, and Trabuco Canyon.


Client's Choice 2012
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OC Wills and Trust Attorneys
15635 Alton Parkway
Suite 125
Irvine, CA, 92618
OC Wills and Trust Attorneys Huntington Beach Office
7755 Center Avenue
11th Floor
Huntington Beach, CA, 92647
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Client's Choice
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Posted by Steve | December 22, 2009
Brian Chew
Mr Chew was very professional and answered so many questions we had in setting up our Trust and all the other legal paperwork we needed. He had excellent thoughts and was very timely.I would recommend him to everyone.
Posted by Robert | December 11, 2009
Evaluation of Brian L. Chew, Attorney
I met Brian Chew about 3 years ago & last year had him redo my living trust. Not only did Brian do a thorough and complete job for me but, also, he made some recommendations that I would surely not have thought of within the process. Brian is genuinely friendly, easy to speak with and highly client-centered. I feel I can phone Brian on any issue without fear of having the 'meter running' while we speak. In fact, I can't imagine any attorney with Brian Chew's experience and education charging any less. I have recommended Brian to several of my family & friends.
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Posted by rhoda | July 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I am a client of Brian Chew. He arranged a new trust for me. He was very patient and informed about new laws regarding inheritance. I referred my mother to him. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent knowledge and comprehensive planning
Brian is very comprehensive. He ask a lot questions in order to know his clients better and to give out the best recommendation. He is pacient and helpful. He is very experienced and knowledgeable.
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced Estate Planning Attorney
Upon meeting Brian, I found him to be someone we could immediately trust and depend on to get our estate planning completed thoroughly. Brian took the time to go through the estate planning process and answered any questions we had. His rates are reasonable and reflect the breadth of his experience. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing an estate plan.
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Posted by Colleen | May 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
Brian prepared our estate planning documents for us. He explained everything thoroughly and was extremely efficient. His fees were also very reasonable. We came home with a binder that has all of our important documents organized in one place. We will be recommending Brian to our friends.
Posted by Jeff | May 5, 2013
Will retain again!
My father was in late stage cancer, and we discovered that there were problems with the DIY "stationery store" trust that he had created (for his $1.5M estate! ). After explaining the time urgency, Brian was able to fit me in that afternoon, and prepared a new set of trust documents, power of attorney, and pourover will, while I waited. While his staff was preparing the documents, Brian spoke with me about my mother, who is suffering cognitive decline. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable in elder law, and I will be retaining his services again soon, to help with my mother's matters. I would highly recommend Brian for anyone dealing with aging parents. He provided very useful advice beyond the the typical living trust and power of attorney matters.
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Posted by Jason | December 19, 2009
Estate planning
Good explanations. Made the process painless.
Posted by Mr & Mrs Daniel J. Skahill | December 10, 2009
Family Trust / Tactical & Strategic Assistance
Brian Chew lead the process and presented to my wife and I, the details and strategy of the Family Living Trust & Will....for Our Specific Needs & Requirements. One of his many talents is "his attention to details" and delivering completed documents in a timely manner.
Posted by Kelly | December 10, 2009
I would highly recommend Brian Chew as a legal professional and person. Integrity, Trust, Customer Service are just a few words that describes Brian. I will continue to seek out Brian's legal expertise for both my business and personal needs.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2009
Highly recommended, very happy with my estate planning documents
My wife and I attended one of Brian's estate planning seminars and found it to be very educational on the basics of estate planning. We liked the fact that as a sole practitioner he would be meeting with us every step of the way. At our initial meeting, he made sure that my wife were educated on the various documents we would need and what the total costs would be for those documents. During our consultation, my wife and I liked the fact that Brian took the time to explain our options and what the pros and cons of each option were. We then made an appointment a week later to review the documents and then he notarized them for us. The process was made very simple and easy by Brian and we would highly recommend him to any of our friends or family.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • OC Wills and Trust Attorneys
  • 1992 - Present


  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
  • BS
  • 1988


  • Residential Care Facility for the Elderly
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Vietnamese
  • Spanish
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Honors and Awards

  • Dean's list
  • University of Southern California Marshall School of Business
  • 1988


  • OC Register
  • Ask the Attorney
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning for Realtors
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Long Term Care Seminar
  • Veteran Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit
  • 2012
  • Family to Family Workshop
  • Special Needs Trust
  • 2011
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Living Trusts and Estate Planning 101
  • 2011
  • Gateway/Acer Computers
  • Living Trusts and Estate Planning 101
  • 2010
  • Meggit Defense
  • Living Trusts and Estate Planning 101
  • 2009
  • Living Trust and Estate Planning 101 Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • Kawasaki Motors
  • Living Trusts and Estate Planning 101
  • 2009
  • Irvine Police Association
  • Living Trusts and Estate Planning 101
  • 2009
  • Irrevocable Trust Seminar
  • AB Living Trusts, ILIT, GRAT, CRT and QPRT
  • 2009
  • Financial Planners Association
  • Asset Protection Analysis and Strategies
  • 2009
  • Asset Protection Seminar
  • Asset Protection Analysis and Strategies
  • 2009
  • Irvine Chamber Networkers Luncheon
  • Living Trusts
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Wills and living wills Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chew is an outstanding and excellent attorney. I would recommend anyone and everyone to him for his services. I have been practicing for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, private attorney, and prosecutor, and I learn from his answers on Avvo every day. Simply an exemplary attorney."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Other
"Brian Chew drafted my family's living trust. He did a good job and worked with us after hours to accommodate our schedule. I would recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chew is a very knowledgeable attorney and highly recommend his services. I refer my clients to use his services."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Attorney Brian Chew. He is insightful, an excellent listener, and genuinely cares about his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is thorough, direct and persuasive. I would highly recommend him to any client in Orange County seeking an estate plan."
Estate planning Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently had the pleasure of working with Mr. Chew on a matter that required his estate planning expertise. He was approachable, warm, personable, and very engaging. He is an attorney who displays the utmost professionalism and receptivity whether speaking with a client or advising/mentoring a fellow professional. Mr. Chew is VERY knowledgeable about his craft. The advice he gave was sound, with an eye toward planning and advising on potential contingencies no matter how remote. To quickly plot a course of action, he asked discerning, direct and probing questions. As a result, he was able to cover a significant amount of ground in a relatively short period of time. Mr. Chew is methodical, thoughtful and thorough. I enjoyed my experience working with him. I believe our client enjoyed her experience and I look forward to referring my clients to him (as I feel they will be in impeccable hands)."
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