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Ahmed Shaikh

Estate planning Attorney at Tustin, CA

5.0   11 reviews

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About Ahmed

Learn Ahmed’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Estate Planning includes Asset Protection Planning, comprehensive wealth planning design and implementation, complex families and traditional trust-based estate planning. My major focus has been religious based planning, particularly with the Islamic Rules of Inheritance.

    17 years

  2. Trusts
    45%
    This represents the Trust litigation practice. The Estate Planning practice is primarily Trust based planning. Trust litigation includes disputes over caregivers, competence and fiduciary duties.

    17 years

  3. Probate
    5%
    Probate include traditional probate and other decedent actions involving property, including spousal property.

    14 years

My practice is about managing potential pitfalls that come with having both wealth and family.  This includes taxes, management issues, planned giving as well as real and potential conflicts.   

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Licensed for 22 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2009
Updated 10/23/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 12/07/2022

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

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Ahmed Shaikh
14471 Chambers Rd, Suite 103
Tustin, CA, 92780

Reviews

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Posted by Iman | May 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I highly recommend Ahmed Shaikh for Islamic inheritance and trust planning. He is extremely knowledgeable and was very patient with us as we asked him a myriad of questions. He was very generous with his time, and at no point did we feel rushed. He is also very thorough and professional and is open for us to call him with any questions or modifications. We asked for a quick turnaround, and he promptly delivered. Also, I must mention that Leslie Mills, Ahmed's legal assistant, went above and beyond to make the process easy for us - she went out of her way to come to the house on several occasions for our convenience. Thank you!
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Response from Ahmed Shaikh May 18, 2017
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad to be of service.
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional, Compassionate and Effective
Mr.Shaikh was able to quickly and effectively move a fairly nasty dispute over inheritance through the court with minimal impact on me. I was so pleased to turn the emotionally upsetting matter over to him, and receive my settlement at the end! He kept me updated, followed my wishes, and advised me on the most prudent steps to take- all the while sparing me the headache and drama of the ordeal, so that I could remain focused on my life and family. I hope I never have to hire an attorney again, but if I did, I would not hesitate to contact Mr. Shaikh. Ahmed Shaikh and his kind assistant Leslie were extremely accommodating, professional, and compassionate; everything you would want in a law office.
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Response from Ahmed Shaikh May 4, 2016
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Noha Alshugairi | October 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Peace of mind with Ahmed Shaikh
If you are an American Muslim and would like the peace of mind from knowing that your loved ones will have a clear Islamic Inheritance plan to follow, I highly recommend utilizing the services of Ahmed Shaikh. As a practicing Muslim who was lost between the Islamic and the Legal perspectives with regards to inheritance planning, I found Ahmed Shaikh to be be knowledgeable, thorough, and organized. He knows both perspectives very well and he was able to answer and address all of my concerns and questions. I definitely felt at peace once my inheritance planning was in place. I highly recommend his services.
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Response from Ahmed Shaikh October 9, 2015
Thank you for your kind words and the amazing work you do.
Posted by Waleed | August 21, 2014
Great Lawyer
Mr. Shaikh is an excellent attorney and a wonderful human being. Working with him and his staff was a very pleasent experience. He was always available to answer all my questions. He returned my calls promptly, and was extremely thorough in handling all aspects of my case. Mr. Shaikh is very professional, knowlwedgable and easy to work with. His fees are reasonable. I would highly recommend Mr. Shaikh's services to others.
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Posted by Angelina | August 21, 2013
Heaven Sent
After losing a loved one, you need all the support you can get to minimize the challenges you will face during this trying time handling all the final details. During these emotional times you need someone who understands your religious wishes and is sensitive to your specific needs. Ahmed helped me manage my case the best he could in probate. He helped make the process easier and reassured me every step of the way. This was a life lesson for my family. Please DO NOT wait to have your final wishes and arrangements organized as soon as possible. You never want your loved ones dealing with all the complex details of your final arrangements. Its difficult to concentrate and make important decisions under such stress and pressure. Ahmed was caring, sensitive, and always available to answer questions. He understood the subject very well. You can be assured that all the details of your arrangements will be mangaged professionally and honorably. You will not be disappointed! After a frantic search online, trying to find someone suitable to handle my case, I found Mr. Ahmed Shaikh. I am very blessed to have found someone who understood my family's needs. He consulted with me right away and guided me through this tough process. Don't wait another day. Have Ahmed help you organize your final wishes and spare your loved ones the difficult task of sorting it all out.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2013
Great Attorney, would definitely recommend!
Ahmed Shaikh is a great Trust attorney, and very knowledgeable in his field. He did some research for me with regards to a trust matter, and gave me the information I was looking for with case law to substantiate his position on my case. He is also very personable, and very easy to talk with. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney in this field!
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Posted by Athar | August 1, 2013
A remarkable lawyer: friendly, available, and has a great supporting cast
Ahmed Shaikh and his staff (Leslie) helped me establish a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Even during our initial free-estimate conversation, I felt very comfortable with Ahmed. His knowledge and experience of the non-profit world facilitated our discussion and removed a lot of my worries. He and his staff were very responsive to my concerns via the phone and/or email. They were very accessible throughout the week to answer my concerns. There were multiple instances when they would call the IRS on my behalf to determine the status and/or reasons for delays during the approval process. Even after the approval process had finished. Even after we were approved from the IRS, our relationship still continues with small issues that arise. He and his staff are always happy to hear from me. All in all, I had a great experience and recommend him to others.
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Posted by Nisa | July 25, 2013
Knowledgeable and very helpful
After sharing some concerns about a family situation, a friend refered me to Mr Shaikh. I called his office and he returnd my call in a very short time. He was pleasant and listened to me. Then he began asking questions. Then he helped with explanations and solutions. I decided to continue with Mr Shaikh for my estate planning. I am very impressed.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2013
New Sheriff in town!
I was referred to Mr. Shaikh by a financial planner who is, also, a longtime friend. At first I was hesitant, because of the distance between his offices and my residence, but after my initial phone consultation with him, I was assured that there was no one else for me. The turning point in my decision was when he said, "We need to let them know there's a new Sheriff in town!" Once I stopped laughing, I felt very reassured that my situation was taken seriously and I felt secure that my case was in capable hands. I have not been disappointed. Mr. Shaikh and his legal assistant, have been nothing short of compassionate, incredibly competent and willing to go the distance with me in ways that I never anticipated. I feel confident in the positive outcome of my case settlement even tho' we are still in process. It has been a very difficult and devastating time for me and having Mr. Shaikh on my side has made all the difference. He does not grand stand, but sticks to the bones of the law in a simple, direct and effective way. He does not waver. He is steadfast. Additionally, he is an extremely moral and devoted family man. I will be eternally grateful to my friend who referred me to Mr. Shaikh..
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Posted by Saghir | September 30, 2009
Saghir Aslam
My working relation ship with him have been extremely productive and the fees werre not high. The quality of work and performance was fantastic. I have been extremely happy working with him.
Posted by Asim | September 29, 2009
He knows his stuff.
Ahmed helped me understand very quickly that there is a lot to lose if your estate goes in to probate and you are subject to high estate taxes. My estate plan is now rock solid and I am protected though a family trust that will ensure my family is taken care of.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Stockwell Harris et al
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of George M. Theofanis
  • 2000 - 2002

Education

  • Indiana Univ Bloomington SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • San Diego State Univ
  • undergraduate
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Estate of Physician couple
  • Estate and incapacity plan

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member (inactive)
  • 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Chairman, Trusts and Estate Section
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Orange County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • ACLU of Southern California
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Society of Financial Services Professionals, Orange County Chapter
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Urdu

Awards

  • Board Member
  • ACLU of Southern California
  • 2013
  • Board Member
  • Orange County Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section
  • 2013
  • Advisory Board Member
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • 2010
  • Board Member
  • Society of Financial Services Professionals, Orange County Chapter
  • 2010
  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate
  • Board of Specialization, State Bar of California
  • 2010
  • Endowment Committee Member
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • 2008
  • Certified Lexis-Nexis Legal Researcher
  • Lexis-Nexis/ Loyola Law School
  • 1999
  • Deans Honors
  • Indiana University School of Law
  • 1996
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Publications

  • ISNA Education Forum (Conference)
  • Step by Step to Establishing a Waqf
  • 2010
  • Southern California Infocus
  • If I die, who will raise my children?
  • 2009
  • Islamic Inheritance Step-by-Step
  • Islamic Inheritance Step-by-Step
  • 2009
  • Southern California Infocus
  • Ramadan, Charity, and the Rule of 72
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • ISNA Conference
  • Charitiable Planning
  • 2009
  • Islamic Inheritance Step by Step
  • Islamic Inheritance
  • 2009
  • ISNA Conference
  • Islamic Inheritance
  • 2008
  • MAS Convention
  • Islamic Inheritance
  • 2007
  • Islamic Shura Council of Southern California
  • Islamic Inheritance
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (16)
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Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trusts Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ahmed Shaikh specializes in wills, trusts and estate planning. Call him first, he knows his stuff."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Shaikh is a hard worker and a creative thinker. He's committed to providing his clients with the best possible estate plan for their individual circumstances."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ahmed is the go to guy when it comes to estate planning, he knows the law. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Ahmed for two years. In that time, he has shown himself to be extremely dedicated to his clients and their needs. In addition to being a fine estate planning attorney overall, I consider Ahmed to be one of the leading experts in the country on integrating Islamic law into estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Ahmed through our mutual association with Wealthcounsel, a national organization for estate planning professionals, and this past year I've had the pleasure of really getting to know Ahmed well through our participation in the Laureate certification program in Advanced Wealth Strategies through the Southern California Institute. Ahmed is deeply committed to serving his clients to the best of his ability - and his abilities are substantial. He is a lifelong learner, always striving to improve his knowledge and expertise. His appreciation of the customized, caring, and compassionate side of estate planning blends well with his understanding of the important technical aspects necessary for complex tax and legacy planning. It's not too often you find a young attorney who is as committed to his craft as Ahmed. Ahmed is a rising star in the estate planning community, and I strongly endorse his work."
Estate planning Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Ahmed as a friend, and also know him to be extremely knowledgeable about Islamic Estate Planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I've sent a number of clients his way for estate planning work. He knows the area very well."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked closely with Ahmed in the past and his vigorous representation on behalf of his clients' best interests is unparalelled. I have in fact referred my own family members to him for their estate planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ahmed is a confident and well respected estate planning attorney. He consistently delivers top quality legal representation for his clients. He has the knowledge to handle your estate. He understands how to transition your estate from one generation to the next. He can help you minimize estate taxes."
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