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Catherine W Kim

Probate Attorney at Tustin, CA

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Certified Specialist - Estate, Trust ,Probate

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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About Catherine

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Certified by the State Bar of California - Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. We have completed many "problem" probates by coming up with creative solutions to deal with liquidity problems (not enough cash to cover probate fees and costs and assets which could not be sold), resolving family conflicts, and dealing with complex tax and asset issues, to successfully pass more assets to the next generation.

    27 years

  2. Litigation
    We have handled many cases involving litigation between heirs or family members. Our mission is to protect the wishes of the decedent, prevent costly and unnecessary litigation and preserve the assets for the heirs and beneficiaries.

    27 years

  3. Trusts
    Certified by the State Bar of California - Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. We set up trusts with custom drafting to meet our clients' goals. Through the years, we have fixed many botched trusts and redrafted incorrectly structured trust transfers, to save taxes, fees, and costs for our clients and their intended beneficiaries.

    27 years

  4. Estate planning
    Certified by the State Bar of California - Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. When it comes to estate planning, one size does not fit all. We tailor our plans to meet the goals of our clients, and advise our clients on creative and cost effective ways to meet their goals of family harmony and asset preservation for the next generation.

    27 years


Catherine W Kim
17541 17th Street, Suite 100
Tustin, CA, 92780
Catherine W Kim
3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1103
Equitable Building
Los Angeles, CA, 90010
Catherine W Kim
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA, 94104
Catherine W Kim
2900 Gordon Ave., Ste. 100
Santa Clara, CA, 95051
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Posted by B.G. | November 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ethical, conscientious, professional and knowledgeable. I can't say enough about Cathy Kim, she definitely does her job extremely well. Words alone can't express my gratitude for not only all of her diligent work, but for always going above and beyond. Cathy had to deal with several unscrupulous individuals on my behalf, and she had a big hand in saving my sanity. She often had to deal with me when I was an emotional mess, and she was able to calm me down and explain things in a manner that was always reassuring. She advised me of my fiduciary responsibilities as a Trustee and guided me through painful probate and litigation matters. I was very blessed to have Cathy represent me, and I will be forever grateful. You will not regret choosing her as your attorney, she is simply the best.
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Posted by Barbara S. | January 16, 2014
Review of Legal Services offered by Ms. Catherine Kim
I count it a great pleasure and privilege to express to others my experience with the Ernest Joon Kim Law Firm, and in particular the services rendered my family by Attorney Catherine Kim. I had just lost my dear sister and found myself experiencing for the very first time, the daunting process called Probate. Desperately seeking answers I discovered AVVO and submitted my concerns in hopes that someone would enlighten and assist me in my efforts. Attorney Ernest J. Kim responded with a full page summary addressing all my questions and concerns. I immediately felt that with an empathetic and understanding attorney as this, how could I go wrong with retaining their services. They were the fourth firm I had contacted, and the only ones that were not offended by my need to know and understand the Probate process so I could effectively provide what was required of me to the attorney representing me. I telephoned the firm and Ms. Catherine Kim responded. From our first encounter I felt very comfortable in discussing all the issues with Ms. Kim. Oftentimes I was overwhelmed with grief, the probate process, the difficulty in finding a genuine, caring attorney who was not too busy to answer my questions with courtesy, professionalism and patience. I could not have found a more skilled and adept attorney than Ms. Kim. She is knowledgeable, conscientious, courteous, trustworthy, kind, patient, and compassionate. She addressed all my concerns and the many questions plaguing me regarding this intimidating Probate process. She quieted me and guided me through all my anxiety. No amount of words can express my sincere and deepest gratitude for her support and assistance. Ms. Kim was always available to me and responded promptly to my telephone calls and emails. She was there to help me at every juncture going above and beyond the call for Probate services. I always felt at ease, burdens lightened and encouraged that I could do all that was required of me. As busy as Ms. Kim may have been, I never felt rushed off the telephone or that she was too busy to assist me in working through every issue. Rather, she patiently took the time to explain in laymen terms what I needed to know, ensuring that all concepts were clear, concise, and understandable, so that I would be in a position to make good informed decisions. Within only three days after retaining her services Ms. Kim represented me in court. She kept me informed and abreast of all court actions. She provided easy and understandable explanations of issues and provided legal counsel in all areas of concern to me, some even being outside of Probate. There is no doubt in my mind that these past two years of going through the probate process, the encouragement and support I received from Ms. Kim is immeasurable. She exudes integrity in all she does. Ms. Kim successfully brought my family through the probate process and we are very pleased with her services. She was upfront and truthful about all statutory fees and cost, and also offered us the option for a discounted rate. We highly esteem and recommend Ms. Kim to anyone requiring Estate Planning Services. I have also personally retained her to do my Will and Trust, and is recommending her to one of my good friends. Her services are outstanding and her work impeccable. Put your mind at ease and allow Ms. Kim the opportunity to service all your estate planning needs. She’s the best. Thank you Ms. Kim.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 500-550 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Ernest Kim
  • 2005 - Present
  • Paralegal
  • Law Offices - Various
  • 1997 - 2005


  • State Bar of California
  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trusts, & Probate Law
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Korean
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2011
  • Probate Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2011
  • Estate Planning
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Private Seminars
  • Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (4)
Endorse Catherine
Estate planning Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I completely endorse Cathy. She's intelligent, personable, and thoughtful."
Estate planning Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Kim is a valuable resource for anyone needing estate planning assistance. She is patient, easy to talk to and explains complicated issues in a clear and concise manner. I endorse her without reservation."
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