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Barry Leigh Adams

Trusts Attorney at Huntington Beach, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 37 years
    Washington - WA 34 years
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1989
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Barry

Learn Barry’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    All aspects of trust administration and litigation. Extensive experience in trust litigation including trust contests, trustee removal, interpretation of trusts, and issues regarding taxable estates.

    34 years, 150 cases

  2. Estate planning
    Specializing in making a flexible plan that fits your unique needs and avoids conflict and contests of your estate plan. We work with you to make your plan work for you and your family.

    34 years, 800 cases

  3. Probate
    All aspects of probate and estate administration, including probate administration, will contests, removal of executor and interpretation of wills.

    34 years, 120 cases

  4. Wills and living wills
    Estate planning for wills and trusts. Preparation of all associated documents including trusts, wills, powers of attorney, advance health care directives and deeds.

    34 years, 250 cases

  5. Power of attorney
    Powers of attorney and advance health care directives prepared.

    34 years, 250 cases

I specialize in all facets of trusts and estates. I have extensive experience in such matters as trust and will contests, removal of trustees, will and trust interpretation, accountings, and beneficiary disputes. I have successfully tried and litigated numerous probate and trust litigation matters. I am also very experienced in estate planning, probate and trust administration. Please call for a free phone consultation at for Northern California. In Orange County, call.  In San Diego, call. I am also a professor of law and the founder of the Elder Law Clinic at Empire School of Law.  

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Adams & Rafferty
19900 Beach Boulevard
Suite B
Huntington Beach, CA, 92648
Adams & Rafferty
1400 N. Dutton Avenue, Suite 19
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401
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Posted by Travis | November 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probate Questions Answered
I'm Administrating my uncles estate and am not legally savvy. Every questions I asked was answered to a 'T'. I caught Barry at the airport and he went out of his way to talk to me. Thanks Barry, Travis
Posted by Steve | June 15, 2015
An excellent advocate for your rights
Mr. Adams(Barry) handled our legal issue w/ professionalism, care and enthusiasm. He told us all of our options and clearly discussed our rights. He is very patient with questions, and treats you like a person, not a number. I highly recommend Barry for any legal issues you may have.


  • Hourly Rates $ 350-390 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-40%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Adams & Rafferty
  • 2000 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Barry L. Adams
  • 1993 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Associate
  • Rutan & Tucker
  • 1986 - 1990
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  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Whitworth University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Anonymous Trust Dispute
  • Case tried before judge and then settled favorably to client


  • Empire Law School
  • Professor and Director of Elder Law Clinic
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member Estates and Trusts Section
  • 1995 - Present
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Sonoma County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Steering Committee Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Award
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
  • 2005


  • North Bay Business Journal
  • Can you Trust Your Trust?
  • 2003
  • North Bay Business Journal
  • How to Lessen Your Estate Taxes
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Sonoma County PFAC Meeting
  • Avoiding Liability for Trustees
  • 2008
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