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Brian Yau Chou

Estate planning Attorney at Orange, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%

    16 years, 300 cases

  2. Trusts
    25%

    16 years, 300 cases

  3. Wills and living wills
    20%

    16 years, 300 cases

  4. Probate
    5%

    16 years, 5 cases

Brian Y. Chou is a native of New Jersey and the son of Chinese high school, he moved out to the west coast to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a degree in economics.

 

Upon the completion of his degree, Brian earned a JD/MBA degree from Pepperdine University.  During his time at Pepperdine, he participated in a number of activities. Notably, Brian was a literary citations editor for the Dispute Resolution Law Journal, the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, the Vice Magister of Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity, and a member of the Moot Court Board. He also worked in the Career Development Office at the Pepperdine School of Law and remains involved with the community there.

 

Before coming to Bezaire Ledwitz & Borncamp, Brian worked for a law firm in the Inland Empire specializing in insurance defense and construction defect litigation. Prior to that, he clerked at law firms in West Los Angeles where he participated in the practice of Workers Compensation litigation and general corporate law. He is committed to using his broad range of experiences to build relationships and effectively represent his clients in a way that is thoughtful and pleasant for all parties involved.

 

In addition to his professional achievements, Brian can speak Mandarin Chinese and can understand Cantonese. His interests include: surfing, basketball, tennis, jogging, drawing and cooking.

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Location

Barth Calderon, LLP
333 City Boulevard West
Suite 2050
Orange, CA, 92868

Reviews

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Posted by Anthony Piazza | August 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustee for the Piazza family trust
As a trustee for the Piazza family trust , I retained Brian to represent the trust along with myself. I found Brian to be exceptional in dealing with multi trustees involved in a trust. His expertise, and ability to resolve sensitive issues to everyone's satisfaction. Timeliness of required responses and most calming in his approach. We were able to resolve and close a complex estate within one year mainly due to Brian's professional ability and knowledge.
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Posted by david | April 13, 2012
Great case partner
I have referred some of my own clients to Brain on a couple matters in which I required his assistance and expertise. As the saying goes in a word, he's a lawyer's lawyer. Based on my experiences, I have full confidence in Brian to either primarily handle or assist me in cases involving my best clients. David M. Sine, Long Beach Lawyer
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Instructor
  • University Of California, Irvine, Extension
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Barth Calderon, LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Bezaire Ledwitz & Associates
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • Cihigoyenetche Grossberg & Clouse
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • Pepperdine University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2007
  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • law
  • 2006
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Conservatorship of Earles
  • Client deemed to have capacity and petition was dismissed.

Associations

  • Provisors - Cerritos Chapter
  • Group Leader Associate
  • 2012 - Present
  • Long Beach Estate Planning & Trust Council
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Long Beach Century Club
  • General Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • General Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • South Bay Estate Planning Council
  • General Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Business Networking International
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2016
  • Membership
  • Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Oasis Group Meeting
  • Understanding Estate Planning and Living Trusts
  • 2012
  • Amicable Health Care Lunch & Learn
  • Understanding Estate Planning & Living Trusts
  • 2012
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Estate Planning for Special Needs Children
  • 2011
  • Los Angeles Homebuyer's Fair
  • Understanding Estate Planning and Living Trusts
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (5)
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Wills and living wills Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Our office has referred several clients to Mr. Chou. We have received good feedback from these clients expressing that Mr. Chou helped them, was courteous and informative."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a very knowledgeable, professional, and personable attorney. I have referred several clients and friends to him, all of whom have been very pleased with his services and responsiveness."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a hardworking, compassionate, skilled lawyer. I would not hesitate to recommend any estate planning client to him. If you are looking for a top-notch lawyer who cares about his clients, then look no further."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Brian on a number of matters and have always found his opinions and advice to be well reasoned and sound. I have found him to be hard working and dedicated to his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a trusted colleague and longtime friend. He is not only a qualified and capable attorney, but also a creative one. This is noteworthy and rare these days as more and more attorneys take a cookie-cutter approach to the law. Brian addresses every legal situation thoughtfully and thoroughly, tailoring his work to meet each client's individual needs. I hold Brian in the highest regard both professionally and personally."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian is a great estate planning attorney, and the first attorney that I refer to any of my clients that seek such services. He is very intelligent, personable, detail oriented and is a pleasure to work with."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian is a close personal friend and a great professional contact as well. We have helped each other on numerous matters over the past year with outstanding results."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred some of my own clients to Brain, and have also worked together with him, on several matters in which I required his assistance and expertise. As the saying goes in a word, he's a lawyer's lawyer. Based on my experiences, I have full confidence in Brian to either primarily handle or assist me in cases involving my best clients. David M. Sine, Long Beach Lawyer"
Unknown Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian's open and honest approach to the practice of law inspires great confidence in his clients, knowing they're in capable and trustworthy hands. Having gone to law school with Brian, I know he's a forthright and generous person, always willing to go the extra mile to help out a friend, client or colleague. I'd trust any business I had to Brian without any doubts."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Brian professionally for over six years. He is an excellent attorney who is very knowledgeable in the field of estate planning. He truly cares about his clients and works hard to help them achieve their objectives. On a personal level, he is extremely kind, personable, and approachable. Brian is a top notch choice for business and estate planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian Chou is a colleague of mine and has been a trusted referral source for over three years. My law practice involves civil litigation so occasionally I receive requests from my clients for a referral to a good estate planning attorney. I unequivocally recommend Brian to these clients. Brian time and again has provided outstanding service to my clients. He carries himself with impeccable professionalism and his positive attitude and demeanor are contagious. I know that when I recommend Brian I am referring my clients to an extremely knowledgeable attorney that will provide them with services that are second to none. I highly recommend Brian Chou and his services to all who are looking for an experienced estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having attended many years of graduate school with Brian, I turned to him for assistance with some personal legal matters I was handling on behalf of my grandmother. As I've always known him as my fun, humorous friend, I was blown away by the level of professionalism in which he handled such a delicate and intricate issue. I'm so impressed by the level of knowledge he has in his chosen field, and will absolutely trust him in handling similar matters in the future. Thanks, Brian!"
Wills and living wills Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian is very knowledgeable about wills and trusts. Our firm has many clients who suffer from catastrophic injuries and as an ancillary service to our own practice, we have hired Brian to draft the Special Needs Trusts for those clients that need one. He is reliable and really goes out of his way to make sure he provides the best customer care to his clients. We have enjoyed working with him so much so that we now hire his services to write trusts for those clients that have expressed interest in making sure that they make future plans for the judgments/settlements they have received."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I found Brian to be extremely conscientious and meticulous. He takes the time to listen closely to the client's concerns and then tailors documents to not only meet their immediate needs but their future needs as well. Brian is generous with his time and is willing to set up mutually convenient meetings rather than adhere to a strict "single office" 9 to 5 schedule. It is rare to find someone with his level of expertise coupled with his compassion and empathy."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian Chow is a wonderful attorney as well as a wonderful person. He cares about his client's on a personal level and treats them like they are his family. He is extremely reliable and dependable. He is absolutely an attorney of integrity."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brian is ambitious, energetic and enthusiastic about his work as an estate planning attorney. He has the attributes one looks for in an attorney- trustworthy, dependable, personable and highly-educated. He is well-connected in the Long Beach community and beyond, and is both academically and professionally accomplished. I highly recommend Brian as your estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Brian Chou is a very thoughtful and caring person. He listens to the client's situation before he prepares a comprehensive plan to address the needs that were presented. Brian will go the extra mile to make sure the client understands the whole process. Whether you are creating a living trust for the very first time or a relative has passed away, Brian can help you with the life event at hand. He cares and is concerned about your goals and objectives and will make sure that they are followed through on after your passing. I highly approve of this attorney."
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Orange Estate planning Lawyer Brian Yau Chou
Brian Yau Chou
Estate planning Attorney
Orange, CA
Licensed for 17 years