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Mike’s practice of 30 + years is exclusively devoted to estate planning, values based planning, estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, planning for affluent families, business entity and succession planning, and asset protection and probate law. He was a partner in a litigation firm in the 1980s and early 90s before choosing the above areas of law for his own practice in 1994 due to his enjoyment of working with families and business owners and his observation that there was an incredible need for expertise in these areas. He is now Certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization.

He is a strong believer in the team approach to planning which coordinates the cooperation and expertise of the client’s advisors to achieve the best possible result. As such, most of his teaching of estate planning has been to the professional advisor community.

He is first and foremost a family man who lives in south Orange County, California, is married to Lynn, with three children, two of which were division one athletes and one of which is a graduate of the Air Force Academy. He is active in his church, enjoys sports, and has various investments with his own fee based financial planner and in a real estate resort business.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Estate Planning: 60%
    21 years, 500 cases
  2. Trusts: 20%
    21 years
  3. Business: 10%
    18 years, 50 cases
  4. Litigation: 5%
    35 years, 500 cases
  5. Probate: 5%
    21 years, 50 cases

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  • Thomas Robert Rogers

    As an estate planning attorney and a Certified Public Accountant in Florida with over 35 years of practice designing plans to help clients organize their estates to protect them from creditors and avoid probate and various taxes, one needs a specialist to assist them. Laws can vary dramatically from state to state and when it comes to planning you need to be on top of the local law – especially in California. Mike is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, which sets him apart from others in his field. Most importantly, Mike has a unique way of explaining technical concepts in a manner that makes them understandable not only to other skilled professionals in our field, but also to clients who lack the knowledge about the issues that are involved. His practical experience and his ability to size things up are exceptional. If you are in need of advice with respect to your estate plan, I would highly recommend you seek Mike's counsel.

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  • Christine Carol Weiner

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mike Wittick for over 18 years as colleagues in two top national estate planning organizations: WealthCounsel and National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. We worked collaboratively together within those organizations, and I came to know Mike as a very serious and intelligent attorney who thoroughly researches all legal issues before proceeding on a given strategy. I also worked with him together on client cases, and Mike was always sensitive to client's needs and working to achieve the best solution for the client, their family, their loved ones, and their goals and desires to bless the community as well with legacies to charitable organizations. Mike works very hard to keep up with the latest techniques and strategies in estate planning in order to provide the best advice to his clients. Mike is thoroughly ethical and straightforward, and expects all his clients and colleagues to be ethical and straightforward as well.

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Contact info

Law Offices of Michael J. Wittick, a P.L.C.

7700 Irvine Center Drive.
Suite 800
Irvine, CA, 92618

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198005/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate LawState Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization2013
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated FirmMartindale-Hubbell2010
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate LawState Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentLaw Offices of Michael J. Wittick, a P.L.C.1995 - Present
associateMercer & Zinder, PLLC1991 - 1994
PartnerPortigal, Hammerton and Allen1980 - 1991
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Provisorsmember2008 - Present
Advisors Forummember2003 - Present
Financial Planning Associationmember2003 - Present
Orange County Bar Associationmember of Trusts and Estates Section1995 - Present
WealthCounselMember1994 - Present
South County Senior ServicesBoard Member and Planned Giving Committee2000 - 2007
National Associaation of Insurance and Finacncial Advisorsmember2000 - 2009
South Orange County Estate Planning Councelmember1999 - 2011
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawN/AJuris Doctorate1979
California State University, FullertonFinanceOther - Bachelors1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Yearly to Lifetime Maintenance ClientsTrustee Training Workshop2013
Califronia Society of CPAs MeetingPost Mortem Estate Planning2009
Financial Planning Association Quarterly MeetingRetirement Plan Trusts2008
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisor MeetingBusiness Exit Planning2007
Califronia Society of CPAs MeetingReasons to Consider an IRA Trust2007
South Orange County Esate Planning Council MeetingSpecial Tax Savings Trusts for Spouses2006
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors MeetingProcess and Benefits of Financial Advisor Relationship with Estate Planning Attorney2005
Financial Planning Assocation Quarterly MeetingThe Truth About Estate Planning2003