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Phillip Clarence Lemmons

Trusts Attorney at Fountain Valley, CA

3.4   5 reviews

also known as Phil Lemmons

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Phillip

Learn Phillip’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    We serve people during the trust administration process. We serve trustees and beneficiaries to ensure the proper transfer of wealth. We also contest trusts, remove trustees and address accounting issues.

    24 years, 650 cases

  2. Probate
    We handle probate administration and litigation, including personal representative and conservator appointments and removals and will contests and accountanting disputes

    24 years, 350 cases

Trusts and Estates Litigation Attorney, Trustee Attorney, Probate Attorney, Published Author, Public Speaker, and Adjunct Professor.

Phillip Lemmons is a seasoned trust, estate and probate attorney who represents professional fiduciaries, trustees, executors, administrators, conservatees, conservators, guardians, beneficiaries and omitted heirs in all probate court-related matters. He has handled a wide range of cases from challenging the validity of multi-million dollar trusts to releasing seniors from inappropriate conservatorships. He is an extremely talented and aggressive litigator.

He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law, where he also received an Exceptional Achievement Award in Tax Litigation. He served as a law clerk at several locations: LAPD’s Police Litigation Unit, California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, and the United States Attorney’s Office, Tax Litigation Division. Prior to law school, Phillip Lemmons served as a Public Safety Officer at the University of Southern California.

Drawing on his law enforcement background and extensive experience as a probate litigator, Phillip Lemmons authored a book titled: “Stealing Home, A Cons Guide To Inheritance Theft.” He has spoken at legal events on various estate planning topics. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the California Bar Association Estates and Trust Section, the Orange County Bar Association Estates and Trusts Section and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Estates and Trusts Section.

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Posted by John | November 2, 2012
Highly Recommend This Law Firm
After a disastrous experience with another lawyer, I did my research and selected the law firm of Phillip Lemmons. After crafting a 3 pronged approach, Mr. David Chon, an attorney at the firm, was able to reverse almost all the damage caused by my first lawyer, and the law firm of Phillip Lemmons continues to represent me to this day. I am reminded of a sign that used to hang on the wall of my father's retail store: "Buy the best and cry once." With Mr. Lemmons and Mr. Chon, you can expect the best.
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Posted by Sheri | November 1, 2012
Excellent Attorney
I have worked with Mr. Lemmons and his staff since 2004. It took he & his staff 7 long years to end an awful divorce situation due to the lack of support my ex-spouse. He & his staff were always there for me and helped me through a very difficult situation.
Posted by Jeff | May 22, 2010
My Dads trust
Phillip Lemmons was my second attorney on this case. He took over and hit the ground running--unlike my previous attorney he knew what to do right from the start. Before hiring him I had lost hope of getting anything from my Dad's trust as my step-mother was taking everything. He helped me get a far better settlement that I thought possible. You should hire this guy.
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Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is specific to the law firm The Legacy Lawyers (supposedly, run by lemons). Before hiring - look at other Avvo and Yelp Complaints!!!
Posted by Wendy Crandall | March 22, 2011
Pricey consultation fee with an aggressive action plan then pawned off to a different attorney with no action.
I hired Mr. Lemmons because he sounded knowledgeable and aggressive. Only later to find out one of his colleagues would be handling my case instead. My divorce was dragged on by the attorney he pawned me off to. I was told I needed to refile for spousal support. Months later after 2 postponements and thousands of dollars later I was told days before hearing that because it was a short term marriage spousal support most likely won't be granted. Not only was it not granted, I didn't even get to see the judge. I was told to wait in the hallway! Over $12,000 and still no end in sight, I called his paralegal for an appointment with Mr. Lemmons to discuss my concerns. Instead I was transferred to my incompetent attorney who went on to belittle me, make excuses for why things were the way they were and then charged me for that call on top of that. My marriage was a short term marriage with no children. Not a complicating one. I do NOT recommend Mr. Lemmons or his Firm. Beware!
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Response from Phillip Lemmons March 23, 2011
Dear Wendy: I am somewhat puzzled by your comments on this public forum. As your former lead attorney, I have personal and direct recollection of all the events that occurred in this matter. The comments I read here were so different from my recollection that I reviewed your file to see if I had missed something. The review confirms my initial recollection. Our firm handles legal matters that stir up emotions. People don’t always treat each other with the respect and dignity they deserve. At times emotions can run so high facts get distorted and communication breaks down. That is why I have an open door policy to address client concerns free of charge. It was always my understanding that we performed according to your expectations. Apparently you felt otherwise; and I am sorry I wasn’t given the opportunity to address it with you earlier. Wendy, this is the first time you have ever complained about our services or fees. You relieved us as counsel over six (6) months ago (to save money). At the time you had unresolved legal issues. If there is still work to be done, please consult independent counsel. If you have any questions or concerns about prior representation through our firm, my door remains open and you are welcome to call. Sincerely, Phil
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 140-550 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Phillip Lemmons, APC, Attorneys at Law
  • 1998 - Present


  • Southwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Southern California
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Matter of Davis Family Trust
  • Favorable Settlement


  • Orange County Bar Association, Client Relations Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Honors and Awards

  • Exceptional Acheivement Award -- Tax Litigation
  • Southwestern University SOL
  • 1997


  • James Publishing publication
  • Wills & Trusts
  • 2013
  • James Publishing publication
  • Probate and Trusts
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Conservatorship, Trustee and POA Interplay
  • 2014
  • Protect your Family from Probate
  • How to Perserve Your Estate With a Living Trust
  • 2009
  • NAWBO Monthly Meeting
  • Demystifying Various Medical Powers of Attorney
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (15)
Endorse Phillip
Probate Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. We are member of the same lawyer educational group. He is a valuable member of that group."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is so good at the area of estate planning, creative trusts, estate administration and estate litigation that he spends a great deal of his time mentoring other attorneys from all around the country! He is the guru of estate issues and he wraps his hands around the whole case without doubt. His command of the law is amazing! If you live in California and are in need of any kind of administration or litigation advice, do yourself a favor and meet with Phil. You will be glad you did! He is truly a Super Lawyer. He’s our go-to guy and we’re on the East Coast!"
Probate Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Phil and his team are great to work with. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a Probate attorney."
Trusts Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer."
Trusts Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lemmons brings an impressive professional skill set to his practice in Trusts & Probate. As an estate planning and trust attorney myself, I am pleased to give him my peer endorsement. He is a credit to the legal profession."
Trusts Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Lemmons is a very skilled attorney in both Trusts and Probate. He exhibits a dedication to his craft that few attorneys possess. He also takes extraordinary steps to ensure the value and quality of his clients' experience at his firm."
Probate Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A superb attorney with compassion for his clients and a professional, forthright manner. His skill and tremendous experience in are all great advantages for his clients, and I recommend him without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Phillip is one of the most energetic, caring, thoughtful and knowledgeable attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting."
Trusts Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am happy to endorse Phil as a trust and estate litigation attorney. He is well versed in the law, diligent, and takes good care of his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his informative website and guides"
Family Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Phil works hard for his clients, and was always well prepared in the case we had together. His strength is finding the facts most beneficial to his client, and using those facts to effectively argue his case in front of the judge. If you have Phil for a lawyer, you can be assured that he will be prepared for court, and the judge will hear what is important to you."
Family Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Phil is the consummate professional who consistently focuses on attention to detail. I have found him to be gracious and attentive to the specific needs of his clients and would not hesitate to refer him to one of my clients for any Family Law need."
Family Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is a tough opponent -- no two ways about it. He knows the law and always seeks the best result for his client, whether it's through negotiating or taking the matter to trial. I've tried cases against him, and he's thorough, creative and determined. His courtroom demeanor is impeccable: he knows the Rules of Evidence and is extremely well-spoken. I've watched him turn around more than one case, and he brings his "A" game to all of them. I respect Phil."
Probate Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work, with personal knowledge of the results he has obtained for his clients."
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