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Howard Serbin

Probate Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1974
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Howard

Learn Howard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    will contests, will litigation, trust contests, trust litigation, conservatorships, guardianships

    44 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Guardianship

    44 years, 1,000 cases


Serbin & Carmeli, Attorneys at Law
7700 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 800
Irvine, CA, 92618

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Posted by Sandy | March 15, 2011
The Best Probate Attorney in Orange County
Howard, as a former County Counsel for the Public Administrator/Public Guardian (PA/PG), handled many very difficult estate matters. PA/PG estates are not straight forward and generally messy but Howard solved all the problems and found a path toward completion so that distributions could be made to the heirs. He is so expert at probate matters that even the Superior Court asked him for advice on occasion when they could not figure out the answer. I have worked with many probate attorneys over the years, so I know a good one when I see him. When the time came to choose a probate attorney for my Mother's estate, I naturally chose the best around and that is Howard. He has solved each problem as it arose, is trustworthly, responsive to my questions and concerns, very knowledgeable and keeps me informed each step along the way. Howard is the best probate attorney in Orange County and I wholeheartedly recommend him. You could not find a better one!
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Posted by Jill | March 12, 2011
A gem of an attorney
After our attorney retired, I contacted a family friend's attorney. Their offices did not handle conservatorship/trust cases, but told me I was in luck because a very fine attorney, Howard Serbin, had recently retired from the Orange County Counsel. They said I would be lucky to get him. He has been our attorney for nearly four years. Our case is particularly difficult and messy, but Howard has been so supportive, easy to work with, very professional, extremely honest and fair. He is easy to communicate with and timely on all paperwork filed and phone call and email responses. Whenever we are at the court house with Howard he is fequently approached by the staff who are genuinely happy to see him. It is obvious Howard is a respected and admired attorney. I would highly recommend Howard Serbin.
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Posted by Dorothea | March 10, 2011
A Great Probate Attorney
I have known Howard for many years as an associate and client of his. His experience as an Assistant County Counsel for the County of Orange has given him great experience and knowledge of Probate, Conservatorships, Guardianships, etc. for both Orange County and other local counties such as Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. I was delighted when he retired from OC's County Counsel after many years of service, since he is now free to accept private clients and share his expertise and knowledge of the probate system in the State of California. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Patricia South OC | March 9, 2011
Knowledge and Experience says it all
Mr. Serbin handled all the conservatorship, decedent and trust cases for over 30 years in Orange County He set the standard for legal process involving probate matters. He is very well known and very good. He takes on the most complex cases that other Attorneys do not want. If you want proof, go the the OC Superior Court in the probate office and look at his name on all of the successfully completed cases. Go to the state bar website and look him up, no discipline. He did a fantastic job handling the estate of a friends family when no one thought the heir would have a chance. He went after a caregiver for stealing the funds of another family and recovered the loss. If you want a conservatorship or estate administration done right see this guy!
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Supervising Deputy County Counsel
  • Office of the Orange County Counsel
  • 1976 - 2005


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • undergraduate
  • 1971


  • Orange County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Former Chair
  • 1984 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Chair
  • 1984 - 1985

Honors and Awards

  • Commendation for years of service to Orange County
  • Orange County Board of Supervisors
  • 2005


  • California Education of the Bar Conservatorship Handbook
  • Mental Health Chapter
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • State Senate and State Law Revision Commission Hearings
  • Propsed changes in conservatorship and probate law
  • 1989

Attorney endorsements

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Aviation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Howard Serbin is a long time attorney for many years. He is exceptional in the court room and has experience with the court system for many years."
Probate Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Howard Serbin ranks among the most capable attorneys I know. He is highly knowledgeable on issues in elder law and probate, especially handling conservatorships. Moreover, he is a man of integrity. He is trustworthy and very conscientious of his ethical obligations as a lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Howard and I were on opposite sides of probate dispute 1n 2010. He acheived a wonderful result for his client, a minor, not just because of his thorough knowledge of the law that governed our case but also because of his familiarity with the local judges and his skill in negotiating. He quickly sensed the maximum that my client could pay, and very effectively and firmly pressed for it."

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Irvine Probate Lawyer Howard Serbin
Howard Serbin
Probate Attorney
Irvine, CA