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James George Burns

Trusts Attorney at Aliso Viejo, CA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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

About James

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Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    Has done over 3000 estate plans from home owner to business owner with high net worth tax problems. High level asset protection and business transactions (Web 3.0 capable).

    23 years, 300 cases

  2. Business
    We help design business structures for licensing and have worked with Mixed Martial Arts sports entertainment companies.

    23 years, 150 cases

I am a former Marine so I know how to get in the trenches and stay in a fox hole. I've equipped myself with a 2nd law degree in tax and help individuals and businesses reduce their liabilities and increase their cash flow. We love to help you out in planning your estate, educate you so that you know how to prepare for when you become an angel. I have written several books on wealth, asset protection and real estate investing and can assist you in planning for retirement and risk management.

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James George Burns
85 Enterprise
Suite 310
Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656


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Posted by Kim | April 2, 2021
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Estate Planning with James Burns
Working with James Burns on our estate planning has been painless and effortless on our part. He answered all of our questions in terms that were easy to understand and comprehend. Our initial visit wasn't rushed and we didn't feel like we were just another potential client. We truly felt James took a personal interest to make sure we understood how he would be helping us protect our assets for ourselves and for our family. His responses after the initial meeting was timely and professional and it continued through the whole process. We feel fortunate to be working with him and highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Arash | March 11, 2021
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Managing Director
James - you did a fantastic job putting our concerns on Probate to rest by helping us put the Living Trust in place. I am relieved that my family is taken care of should anything happen to me. I greatly appreciate you walking me through the end-to-end process. You were very patient answering our questions and found a great solution for us in putting the trust, will, and power of attorney in place. I did not realize the risk I had exposed my family to without having a will, trust and power of attorney and advanced directive in place. I am glad I have taken care of all the details now.
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Posted by Ron | September 24, 2020
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Nice To Work With
It was good working with James. We hired him for re-doing / updating our estate plan. He made the whole thing totally painless. Good sense of humor and good at explaining things.
Posted by Maria-Teresa | April 6, 2020
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First class service
James did a great job with our estate planning and trust. He is professional , responsive, and we highly recommend him.
Posted by Melissa | October 12, 2019
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Excellent Attorney for Wills
We reached out to Mr. Burns to update our will to meet California standards. It was quick and easy with some paperwork before our meeting and then two short office visits to discuss and then sign. Mr. Burns was cordial and has done so many wills that the process was very easy and efficient.
Posted by Rita | September 25, 2018
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Family Trust
James prepared our family trust. He was very professional and helped us every step of the way. He made sure we understood everything and included all our wishes. I would recommend his services to anyone.
Posted by Hugh | December 6, 2015
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Mr. Burns assisted us in the update of our Living Will. He was very professional, knowledgeable, personable and was able to have our documentation ready for us in a timely manner. Working with Mr. Burns was very smooth and we really learned some things!
Posted by Ellen | December 4, 2015
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James helped me gain peace of mind by completing my Trust
I've been very remiss in getting my trust done; have been avoiding it for years. I'm so glad that I found James Burns to help me and get it completed. The relief I feel is immeasurable. Thanks so much to James!
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2009
Finally an attorney that understands Business and what it takes to succeed today.
I was very impressed with James Burns overall understanding and knowledge in all aspects of business. James Burns is a great attorney and I would urge anyone in need of great legal and business council to consult James Burns.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2009
Consistency, timeliness and loyalty
I have had the great fortune of working with James Burns in multiple arenas. Working with attorneys and any profession for that matter can be hit or miss with the masses jumping moral ships in search of easier voyages. Not James, his consistency is spot on making it easy to trust him in difficult and challenging situations as he shoots straight and follows through. Additionally I have found his timeliness above par which has created many opportunities for my company. Lastly his loyalty is unwavering and decisive, he is a great ally when you are in a fox hole. I recommend James Burns to discerning business leaders with long term agendas.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 375-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Court Clerk
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 1999 - 1999


  • Golden Gate Univ SOL
  • N/A
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • No Special Needs to Protect Family
  • Son saved from financial tragedy


  • State Bar of California
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Scholarship
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
  • 1998


Speaking Engagements

  • The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth
  • Financial and Debt Reduction
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse James
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James Burns handles all aspects of estate planning and asset protection. James is extremely knowledgeable and professional."
Trusts Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent knowledge base and a true professional."
Business Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. James Burns is an enigma in legal circles. He fights like a U.S. Marine because he is an honorably discharged Marine. Duty, Honor, Country, Clients."
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Aliso Viejo Trusts Lawyer James George Burns
James George Burns
Trusts Attorney
Aliso Viejo, CA
Licensed for 23 years