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William F. Bernard

Estate planning Attorney at Laguna Hills, CA

5.0   26 reviews

also known as WFB Legal Consulting

  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    35%
    Business Attorney: Asset and Estate Planning Protection and Employment Law emphasis to Plan, Prepare and Protect both business and personal estate assets.

    35 years, 411 cases

  2. Estate planning
    35%
    Business Attorney: Asset and Estate Planning Protection and Employment Law emphasis to Plan, Prepare and Protect both business and personal estate assets.

    35 years, 261 cases

  3. Business
    30%
    Business Attorney: Asset and Estate Planning Protection and Employment Law emphasis to Plan, Prepare and Protect both business and personal estate assets.

    35 years, 382 cases

Bill left behind impressive careers in both the private and public sectors to start his own business attorney/consulting practice. The goal was to ensure that both small and large business owners were provided the very best in employment, asset and estate planning protection, so they could be free to commit themselves entirely to their career and family, while simultaneously being free from the fear of potential litigation. As the president and founder of WFB Legal Consulting, Bill’s every effort is focused on providing the full gamut of business protection and security, by planning and preparing business contracts which are particularized to the specific needs of his clients.

Whether you are trying to provide a startup business with employer-employee stability, or an established business with the best available asset and estate protection, Bill’s wide ranging experience in the litigation field ensures that every potential pitfall will be exposed to avoid litigation at all costs. Nevertheless, should a lawsuit rear its ugly head, Bill’s background as a former Orange County Deputy District Attorney, as well as his extensive civil practice as a partner with Lynberg and Watkins, has involved him in well over 200 cases which have been tried to verdict.

As a consultant, Bill’s expertise provides other lawyers with the benefit of objective legal analysis and proficient legal writing skills. In addition to his former position for nearly 10 years as an Associate Professor of Law at PCU College of Law, Bill presents a unique backdrop for anyone seeking to both learn and understand the obligations and opportunities that present themselves in his field of practice. BILL POSSESSED A  PERFECT 10.0  ATTORNEY RATING BY AVVO AT TIME OF RETIREMENT.

Business Law Specialties: Employment Law; Asset and Estate Protection Planning Attorney; Litigation Attorney; Legal Consultant for the Legal Profession; Business strategies and oversight of both small and large businesses and estates; Professor of Law; and General Business Contract Preparation.

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WFB Legal Consulting
24378 Larchmont Ct.
Laguna Hills, CA, 92653

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt and clear
Mr Bernard provided a prompt and clear answer to my question regarding changing beneficiaries in a Trust. Thank you!
Posted by Lindsey | August 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Genuinely Attentive
Mr. Bernard was exceptionally generous with his time and provided a very comforting level of advice. He far exceed my expectations during our phone consultation. I would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Bernard's services to my friends, family and colleagues.
Posted by Jamen | May 8, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
Mr. Bernard answered all of my questions and have put my mind at ease. Very helpful and candid with me, and took the time to really make sure I understood my concerns.
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful and generous with his time
Bill was extremely helpful and knowledgeable reviewing my employment contract and stock option plan. He was candid and had sound advice both from the prospective employee as well as employer perspective. I would definitely hire him again.
Posted by Kevin | March 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill is an amazing, courtesous, and knowledgeable lawyer
I purchased the living trust package and hired Bill Bernard through Avvo. After reading his amazing reviews I chose to hire Bill which was a great choice! I paid on Avvo, he called me within 1 hour to provide me instructions and how to proceed. He is extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and made the process very easy. He answered all of my questions and addressed my concerns and completed the document within 1 week. He was with me every step of the way and he really cares about his clients. I would recommend Bill to anyone. His services and products are A+.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
He was very honest and informative
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2015
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Business advice session
A+. Awesome. Mr. Bernard far exceeded my initial expectation of AvvoAdvisor session. I hope there are many other attorneys as great as Mr. Bernard on AvvoAdvisor.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
William was very helpful and went into details about my situation. He called within minutes and gave ample time to explain my situation. He gave a clear idea about my next steps. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs legal advice.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
Awesome was very helpful even going over the time limit! Highly highly recommended !
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2015
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Business advice session
This was the first time i used Avvo to speak to an attorney. He was very helpful in taking time to understand my time and guide me. With the very little information he had about my case, he was able to understand my situation to give advise that I found very helpful.
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2015
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Business advice session
Great advice and very patient lawyer. Thanks all. Javier
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2015
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Business advice session
Mr. Bernard was patient, thorough and provided great legal guidance. I am grateful for this service. It permitted affordable access to legal a services. Thank you
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
I was told on a Friday afternoon that I was being removed from my Project Manager position. Then I contacted AVVO and talked to Bill Bernard on Sunday to get advice on whether and how I should talk to Human Resources about the situation. On Monday morning I talked to HR, starting the conversation just as Bill advised, and by Monday afternoon it was determined that I would continue as Project Manager.
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2015
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Business advice session
Excellent! Very knowledgeable and eager to assist me with various legal questions.
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
Bill was helpful, ethical, easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and friendly.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
Mister Bernard was a very knowledgeable and an experienced lawyer. He answered all of my questions and I gained a lot of insight into my legal problem, and he introduced new ways to me in order to move forward. Mister Bernard educated me in several aspects of my case and the questions I had and gave me really valuable advise. I would strongly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
Bill was very well-informed and patient with my questions. His counsel has re-affirmed my faith in Avvo as top-notch legal advisors for any situation.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
Mr. Bernard was thorough and knowledgeable about the issue I consulted with him about. He gave me some good pointers and I'm confident he could help me with my legal matters should the need arise.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
Prompt call, answered all questions and gave the advice I needed.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2014
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Business advice session
Timely, and effective!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • WFB Legal Consulting
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Pacific Coast University College of Law
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Attorney/Partner
  • Lynberg & Watkins
  • 1990 - 2008
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • 1988 - 1990
  • District Sales Manager
  • Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
  • 1978 - 1983
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Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • California State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1978
  • Golden West College
  • Criminal Justice
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • O'Conner v. County of Orange
  • Defended successfully in favor of Business.

Associations

  • Blog Radio
  • Radio Host
  • 2014 - Present
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • Attorney Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • 1990 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Attorney--32 Years Service
  • Martindale-Hubbell Directory
  • 2020
  • Directory Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Business Association Lawyer
  • Ronnie Kovacs Radio Show
  • 2011
  • Business and Private Money Real Estate Seminars Instructor
  • Private Money Investment Program
  • 2011
  • Wealth Accumulation in Context Award
  • Jason Hartman's Platinum Properties Masters Event
  • 2010
  • President's Scholarship Award
  • Western State University
  • 1983
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Publications

  • Newsletter
  • What is a NAPT
  • 2013
  • CD's and Workbook for DO-IT-YOURSELF ASSET PROTECTION
  • DIY LEGAL ASSET PROTECTION
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Law School Associate Professor
  • Business Associations; Legal Writing
  • 2013
  • BNI Network
  • Asset and Estate Planning Protection Interface
  • 2012
  • Ronnie Kovacs Radio Show--Los Angeles Angels Radio AM 830
  • Estate & Asset Protection Planning
  • 2011
  • Private Money Investments
  • Protection of Wealth Accumulation
  • 2011
  • Jason Hartman's Masters Event
  • Asset Protection & Private Money Investing
  • 2010
  • Trial Advocacy Seminar
  • Trial Tactics
  • 1991
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (13)
Endorse William
Unknown Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as their impressive legal analysis and thoughtful responses display the thorough approach necessary to achieve results for clients"
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. William provides great insight with his responses to legal questions on Avvo."
Business Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bernard is a very well-respected business attorney within our legal community - he brings a wide array of knowledge along with breadth of knowledge in his practice."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bernard's credentials are unquestionable based on his status as a seasoned and highly experience attorney. Further, his willingness and generosity in providing invaluable legal advice to individuals in need is clear and impressive based on his numerous contributions to Avvo users. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bernard brings considerable experience and integrity to bear in helping his Estate Planning clients. We need more attorneys like him - willing to go above and beyond in helping clients plan one of the most important legal tasks in life - that of planning their Estate. He is a credit to the legal profession and I'm happy to endorse him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bernard is active in responding to questions posted on Avvo.com and provides thoughtful and helpful responses and understands the law well."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Bernard consistently provides accurate, concise, and helpful responses to Avvo questions. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you have an estate planning concerns William will help you straighten them out."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bernard speaks volumes when it comes to both effective and ethical work product. His litigation demeanor is truly masterful. I endorse Mr. Bernard as an exceptional attorney - and an asset to our profession."
Business Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sometimes the caliber of a single answer is sufficient: so customized to the needs of the Avvo asker and so filled with legal information and guidance, Mr. Bernard needs to be on any client's "short list" to consider."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William has an excellent knowledge in his field and would be a great resource to any client. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In my 16 years of practice, I have seen all types of attorneys. Bill Bernard is one of the best I have come across and his clients are the benefactors. I never hesitate to refer individuals or business to Bill for asset and estate planning protection. I strongly endorse Mr. Bernard in his areas of expertise."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a practicing attorney for the last 13 years, I have dealt with many complex issues. Mr. Bernard has an excellent reputation in the community as an esteemed trial attorney as well as his ability to author excellent briefs and motions. As a result, I have, on many occasions, consulted Mr. Bernard in both areas. I have always walked away better educated in my approach as it relates to my issues at trial and which motions I should or should not run. I would highly recommend Mr. Bernard in both the criminal and civil arena."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recommend using Bill Bernard for civil and criminal cases. His advise is excellent and he produces outstanding pleadings, briefs, and motions."
Business Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bernard is an exceptional attorney. He is a true advocate for his clients, combining his knowledge of the law and trial procedures. I would not hesitate to refer a case to Mr. Bernard."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred many clients to Mr. Bernard. He always does a good job and the clients have been very happy with his work."
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