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 www.californiaestatelawyerblog.com and my website is at www.newportbeachbusinesslawyer.com.
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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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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Lawyers||The National Advocates||2016|
|Top Contributor Litigation||AVVO||2013|
|Certified Public Accountant||California Board of Accountancy||1978|
|Partner||Messina & Hankin, LLP||2016 - Present|
|Partner||Lytton Williams Messina & Hankin, LLP||2013 - 2016|
|Shareholder||AlvaradoSmith, APC||2008 - 2012|
|Attorney/CPA||Theodore M. Hankin, Attorney/CPA||1986 - 2007|
|Partner||Oster, Suchman & Hankin||1983 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||1981 - Present|
|American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants||Member||1978 - Present|
|California Society of Certified Public Accountants||Member||1978 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1977 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1977 - Present|
|OCSD PSR||Leadership Cabinet||2001 - 2007|
|Hansen v. Hansen||For my client|
|Undue Influence||Satisfactory settlement|
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|AVVO Legal Guides||The Human Cost in Estate Planning||2013|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|University of California - Los Angeles||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1974|
|Business Experience Show||Estate Planning||2012|
|Annual Update||Update on GST||1996|
|Annual Update for CPAs||Update on Estate Planning||1992|