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Michael Robert Weinstein

Probate Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

5.0   13 reviews

Licensed for 23 years

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I love what I do and it shows in the level of personal care I give to my clients. I was born in the Bronx, New York and attended Hunter College (now Lehman College). My early college experience was interrupted by four years of service in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. Upon returning from military service, I attended Pace College (now Pace University) in New York City and earned a degree in business and accounting. Later, I attended Pepperdine University where I earned an MBA and after having worked for IBM, GE and Coopers & Lybrand (a “big six” CPA firm), I attended Western State University College of Law to earn my J.D. degree and passed the State Bar exam in 1999.

My goal is to provide the best-personalized services to my clients. I enjoy my work and working with people to resolve their problems. If you are looking for the service and personal attention of an attorney who focuses on your needs, you have found the right attorney in the Law Office of Michael R. Weinstein, APC.

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Client's Choice 2012
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Licensed for 23 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 09/18/2022

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

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Law Office Of Michael R. Weinstein, APC
901 W Civic Center Dr. Suite 200X
Santa Ana, CA, 92703

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
Michael received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2012
Posted by Paul G. | July 7, 2011
PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING, & EXPERIENCE!
Mr. Michael Weinstein is the type of attorney that gives back to the community with his vast knowledge & experience in the areas of Wills/Trust. Extremely patient and will let you ask all the questions to answer your needs. What a true pleasure having dealt with this gentleman of character, in my time of need. Highly recommend him without hesitation....Paul G. Orange, CA.
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Posted by roberta | May 22, 2011
Michael did estate planning for me and he was extrememly clear and responsive to my questions and concerns. Highest rating.
He was on top of all issues from the beginning.He gave me complete attention. His fees are quite reasonable. He made sure that I understood everything. I had acess to him when I needed him. I strongly recommend him to friends who need the best attorney they can find. He is most trustworthy and reliable.
Posted by Richard | September 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family estate planning
Michael provided excellent and clear description of estate planning issues, answered all our questions, and prepared a family trust, wills, and medical health directives. He is very patient with people without a will or family estate plans.
Posted by Rhonda | May 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
living Wills & Probate
I spoke with Michael he is a Smart, kind, TRUTHFUL, he cares about people he gave me some great advice for free now days every one want to charge you. I learned there are still honest attorneys out there he is the best one I have had the pleasure to talk with.
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Answered all my questions
Mr. Weinstein promptly answered all the questions that I asked in the initial contact message - in one response. Straightforward. Exactly what I needed from a consultation.
Posted by Pat | February 19, 2015
Very helpful Attorney -
I needed to ask questions about a will / probate and I am out of state. He gave me lots of advice and what I needed to do in order to get things started. He also called me back with more information and this was a free consulation. He also said he would be glad to help if we decide to contest the will and or need help. Thank you very much,
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2014
Extremely wise, competent attorney with a wealth of experience.
Michael Weinstein is very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. He recently helped me with a probate matter, and thanks to his expertise, what could have been a horrible situation was able to be remedied just in time. I recommend him highly and would ask him to represent me in any future estate matters.
Posted by D. Carl | September 11, 2013
Great attorney! Wish ALL lawyers were like Michael!
I first discovered Michael here in Avvo. I set up a free initial consultation. Admittedly I came in with attitude because of several previous dealings with other lawyers. He kept his composure and professionalism and gave me great advice as to resolving my problem from a different angle and a different perspective. Michael is a blend of fatherly advice and a professor of law. I really enjoyed his explanations of the law and how it applied to my case. He was sensitive to keeping costs down unlike others I've encountered. He approaches legal issues from different angles than others I have dealt with, which is why I retained him in the first place. After resolution of that issue, I referred 2 of my cousins to Michael to pursue a related matter. They were leery at first, but I managed to convince them to go with Michael and see what happens. Then I had him review 2 other trust documents to be sure they were "solid". He identified weaknesses and strengths after determining what was needed. If all lawyers were like Michael, the profession would not have the bad reputation earned by those who pad their billable hours and fight any issue they can get over-paid for. Michaels knows the law. He tells you up front and honestly what he can and cannot do for you and is accurate in his estimation of hours to accomplish the tasks at hand. His billing practice provides a detailed explanation of what you are paying for, unlike the attorney for my sister-in-law who merely specifies x hours @ y rate = amount she owes. Michael could be and maybe is a model by which lawyers should interact with their clients in terms of communication, time accounting and application of the law. I went to Michael suspicious of lawyers and with negative notions about how they are as a profession. Michael has turned me around and proved to me there is at least one lawyer in the profession I can trust and will advocate my legal position with reason and not cost my arm and my leg or any other body part. This is a second career for Michael as you will note if you read his bio. He practices law for all the right reasons and will help you if he can and will tell accurately how much its going to cost. Otherwise, you are free to find one of those "other lawyers" we so often hear about. Thank you Michael for great representation.
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Posted by Robin | June 1, 2013
A confident and gentlemanly lawyer
I would highly recommend Michael R. Weinstein to any trustee or family who are seeking legal assistance in trust distribution. Our family had some members who were not speaking to each other, due to unrealistic expectations of a larger inheritance. Nevertheless, Mr. Weinstein guided all matters to a resolution. His confident execution of trust law, plus his calm demeanor, were invaluable traits.
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Posted by Peter | February 13, 2013
Michael Weinstein is a 10
Michael Weinstein has done a superb job for me since I first engaged his services for rewriting my Revocable Trust and other documents beginning in 2006. He did so efficiently, promptly, and knowledgeably, and I might add, always in an easy and pleasant manner. Recently, I asked Michael to update my trust to reflect the fact that I now live in France. Knowledgeable of the laws that apply here and in the US, he again did an excellent job without delay. Another thing that makes Michael so easy to work with is his easy and friendly approach. For me it is always a delight to exchange e-mails and phone calls with him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2011
Great Education on a complex topic
We knew we needed to set up a trust but were concerned because all we head were stories about people who had a trust but missed too many details so the trust wasn't that helpful. Mr. Weinstein answered all of our questions, gave us education and information about details tailored to our situation, and guided us through lots of "what if? scenarios. He did extra research to find out more about what we needed to do to protect our assets. He was very patient.
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Posted by A.J. | May 20, 2011
Corporate Legal Matters
Mr. Weinstein has helped my company with various legal matters related to my business and he has always been prompt and responsive every step of the way. What I appreciate the most is Mr. Weinstein’s “being ahead of the game” attitude, making sure to turn every stone there is.
Posted by Bill | May 18, 2011
Would Highly Recommend This Attorney
Mr Weinstein recently handled our family's probate. We would recommend him without reservation. He kept us well informed throughout the process. His professionalism inspires confidence. We are grateful for his help.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-45%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael R. Weinstein
  • 2008 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Attlesey & Thomlinson
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael R. Weinstein
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Clerk then Associate Counsel
  • Law Office of Gerard O'Brien
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Clerk
  • California Superior Court
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Pepperdine University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1979
  • Pace Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968

Legal Cases

  • Private mediated settlement
  • Settlement allowing client to continue building a successful multi consultant business for no out of pocket cost
  • In re: the Wolfe Trust
  • Judgement for domestic partner

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association, Business and Corporate Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Certificate of Completion, College of Trial Advocacy
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Dean's Scholarship
  • Western State University College of Law
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Meeting of Orange County, CA chapter
  • Planned Giving
  • 2014
  • 6 Degrees association
  • Gifting as an Estate Planning Tool
  • 2012
  • Raytheon employee club
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (10)
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael expertly handles the questions presented to him and I fully endorse him."
Trusts Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because I have worked with him in the past and he is not only extremely knowledgeable but also diligent and caring with his clients."
Probate Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because he provides true zealous representation to his clients using his expertise."
Unknown Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for being an advocate for clients."
Probate Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Weinstein's responses on AVVO show sound reasoning and the desire to give back to the community."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Weinstein is a highly professional and knowledgable attorney in a practice area that affords a client no room for error or inexperience. He has earned the fine reputation that he enjoys in the community, and will do a great job for you when you need him the most."
Probate Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an extremely professional attorney. He and I frequently discuss Probate, Trust and Tax matters and I have found him to be knowledgeable and resourceful. I gladly endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Weinstein is one of the finest attorneys in his state. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Probate Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael practices probate, wills and trust and estate planning. He and I worked together on a case wherein he handled the probate portion of it. I have practiced law in California for 15 years. Michael knowledge when it came to the probate matter was impressive. He was able to beat down and win against a devious and dishonest opponent. His calm, freindly demeanor was appreciated by our client. He is well respected in the courts and I send all my probate, wills and trust and probate matters to him."
Estate planning Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Weinstein is a kind, thoughtful, and honest attorney. I have sought his advice on several occasions, and have always been satisfied that Mr. Weinstein answered my questions with care and competence. I would recommend him to both clients and fellow attorneys who seek assistance with estate planning matters."
Estate planning Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this attorney. I had the pleasure of working with Michael for several years while he was employed as an associate attorney with my law firm. He is a hard-working, diligent and thorough attorney who is devoted to his clients' needs."
Probate Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael for several years and he has always conducted himself with class and dignity. Whenever I have needed a question answered in regards to an Estate Planning or Probate matter, he has always provided a keen and insightful answer to my question. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Weinstein is one of the most caring and knowledgeable attorneys I know. He is always professional and an admirable attorney."
Probate Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael is thoughtful, honest, hard working and cares about his clients. Michael has been a colleague of mine in this noble profession for what is getting to be a long time. He's also been a good friend, though we seldom get together. He is a very good lawyer my earlier endorsement remains the same."
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