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Catherine W Kim

Catherine W Kim

Estate and Probate Lawyer
Law Offices of Ernest J. Kim
Tustin, CA
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Attorney Biography

Catherine is designated by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law.  Less than 1% of the practicing lawyers in California are Certified.  To be a certified specialist, an attorney must have extensive experience in estate planning law, and must demonstrate this knowledge by passing a highly-competitive examination.  In addition to passing the exam, the attorney must be recommended for certification by other attorneys or judges who are familiar with the attorney's work, and must undergo extensive and continuing education.  Catherine has also received recognition from other lawyers familiar with her work, as a Superlawyers Rising Star designee in the top 5% of lawyers in California. 

 Catherine has been working with probate and estate clients since 1996, and actively works to inform the community about planning techniques to reduce estate taxes and probate fees.  She has co-authored several articles on estate planning for print in newspapers and periodicals.  In addition, she has spoken about estate planning in local media and given estate planning seminars to individuals and financial professionals in Northern and Southern California.  She is also able assist Korean speaking clients in their native language.

Practice Areas

Estate and Probate Law (51%)
Trusts (13%)
Wills (12%)
Estate Planning (12%)
Probate (12%)

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Bar Licenses

California State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Specialty Certifications

State Bar of California
Board Certified Specialist
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
State Bar of California


California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section
California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section

Commercial Recognitions

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion

Superlawyers - Rising Stars

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Case Results - Catherine W Kim

Settlement Won
Probate Litigation - Spousal Rights
Wife of 20+ yrs was about lose all of her deceased husband’s property to her stepchildren in probate court. Wife received incorrect legal advice who did not specialize in probate law. Wife was abou...

Probate Litigation - Heirship Dispute
Heirs of a deceased brother were shocked to receive a claim of heirship from the decedent's "child" that no one had ever heard of. The "child" presented documents from a foreign government overseas, ...

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Contact Catherine W Kim

Catherine W Kim
Law Offices of Ernest J. Kim
17541 17th Street Ste 100
Tustin, CA 92780
Office: 949-975-1870
Fax: 949-975-1855

Secondary Address:
3435 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1103
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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Bar Membership Information

California Bar Membership -

Catherine W Kim - Profile information with the State Bar of California - Find more information about Catherine W Kim on the State Bar of California website, including: current status, actions affecting eligibility to practice law and disciplinary history.

Specialty Certification Information

Estate and Probate Law Certification -

CBLS Board Certification in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law - Lawyers certified in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization have demonstrated substantial involvement in this area of practice.

The CBLS defines the term "estate planning, trust and probate law" as the practice of law dealing with:

  • "the creation, protection and disposition of a client's assets, during life and upon and after death, in accordance with the client's expressed desires;

  • the tax and family relationship consequences of the client's acts and desires;

  • the preparation of wills, trusts and other documents to carry out the client's desires;

  • the administration of estates and trusts (such as necessary court or non-court procedures; tax reporting, payment of tax and tax audits; and management and transfer of assets); and

  • the protection of the property and provision for the personal needs of individuals unable to handle their own affairs by reason of age, illness or other incapacity."