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Theodore Michael Hankin

About me

I am an experienced California attorney with a practice emphasis in probate, estates, trusts and litigation related thereto.  I am also experienced in business formation, business transactions and business litigation.


My blog is found at and my website is at


While I am licensed as a CPA I have always practiced law. However, because of my licensure, I am knowledgeable about tax law, tax controversies, and business financials.


As a partner in Lytton Williams Messina & Hankin, LLP, I can call on my other partners' expertise in areas such as business law, family law, real estate law, immigration law and commercial litigation.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
  2. Probate: 25%
  3. Trusts: 20%
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
  5. Tax: 5%



Hourly ($375-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Evan Llewellyn Smith

    I met Ted on a messy and difficult breach of trust case where I represented the petitioning beneficiary when he substituted in as counsel for the responding former trustee. Up to that point the case had been bogged down for over a year with discovery and accounting disputes. Ted did a highly professional job with and for his client, and the matter was resolved by a court approved settlement in fairly short order. I was impressed with Ted's ability to break through the mutual distrust and dislike between the parties so a fair result could be reached.


    Evan Smith Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Messina & Hankin, LLP

1400 Quail Street, Ste. 200
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2016
Top Contributor LitigationAVVO2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Certified Public AccountantCalifornia Board of Accountancy1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMessina & Hankin, LLP2016 - Present
PartnerLytton Williams Messina & Hankin, LLP2013 - 2016
ShareholderAlvaradoSmith, APC2008 - 2012
Attorney/CPATheodore M. Hankin, Attorney/CPA1986 - 2007
PartnerOster, Suchman & Hankin1983 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
American Association of Attorney-Certified Public AccountantsMember1978 - Present
California Society of Certified Public AccountantsMember1978 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1977 - Present
OCSD PSRLeadership Cabinet2001 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hansen v. HansenFor my client
Undue InfluenceSatisfactory settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesThe Human Cost in Estate Planning2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business Experience ShowEstate Planning2012
Annual UpdateUpdate on GST1996
Annual Update for CPAsUpdate on Estate Planning1992