W. Bailey Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Irvine, CA

Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle, LLP
 | 2010 Main St, Suite 1000
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 949-756-0684
Fax: 949-756-0956
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1971
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

Attorney W. Bailey Smith is the founder and owner of the Law Office of W. Bailey Smith, which has offices in Irvine and Long Beach, California. Certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust administration and probate, Mr. Smith devotes his practice to helping clients throughout Southern California protect themselves and their assets for the future while assisting them with creating a lasting legacy for their heirs and loved ones.

A self-proclaimed Trust Doctor, Mr. Smith has extensive experience handling all aspects of trust creation, modification and administration. Through his efforts, he assists his clients with reducing their estate's overall tax burden, thereby helping them preserve more of their wealth to pass on to future generations. Throughout the course of his more than 45 years of practicing law, Mr. Smith has successfully handled over 7,000 estate plans, and he has earned a reputation as one of the leading estate planning attorneys in his region.

As evidence of his success, Mr. Smith holds “Superb” client review ratings on Avvo, and he has become a recognized leader in his field, having been cited in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, and several legal trade journals and magazines. He also served on the adjunct legal faculty at California State University, Long Beach, for more than 10 years, where he taught classes on estate tax planning.

A 1965 graduate of Stanford University, Mr. Smith attended the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1969. The State Bar of California admitted him to practice the following year, and he also practices before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Along with maintaining a successful legal practice, Mr. Smith also gives back to his local community through his involvement with various civic, charitable and artistic organizations, including The Rotary Club, the American Cancer Society and the Laguna Beach Art Museum, among many others.

 
Practice Areas
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Estate Planning & Probate (100%): Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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About Bailey Smith

Admitted: 1971, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.yourtrustdr.com/attorney/w-bailey-smith/

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Specialist Probate Estate Planning and Trust Law California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California, 1970
  • United States Supreme Court, 1972
  • United States District Court, 1971

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Working Wardrobes Orange County
  • Orange County Baron’s League
  • UCI Mind Institute, Board of Directors
  • UCI Chancellor’s Club
  • School Power/Laguna Beach Education Foundation
  • Paul Harris Foundation
  • Lincoln Club
  • Laguna Playhouse
  • Laguna Beach Art Museum
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana
  • American Cancer Society; Bailey’s wife is a Stage 4 Cancer survivor
  • The Rotary Club for over 25 years (Newport Irvine Club)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Saddleback Community Hospital
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Van Deventer & Hock Investment
  • University of Southern California (Orange County Campus)
  • Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation
  • Title Insurance talk to attorneys in Orange County, San Diego County, and LA County
  • Stanford University
  • St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
  • OC CPA Society
  • Rotary Clubs throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County
  • Ric Edelman Financial (both in California and nationally)
  • ProVisors
  • Professional Fiduciary Services
  • Pacific Life (Programs in Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Texas, Florida, and Georgia)
  • Pacific Financial Radio Show
  • OC Medical Association
  • Exit Coach Radio Show
  • Oasis Senior Center
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Long Beach State University
  • Long Beach Memorial Hospital
  • Lincoln Financial Advisors
  • Little Company of Mary Hospital (Torrance)
  • International Association of Financial Planners – National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Hoag Presbyterian Hospital
  • Glendale Federal Savings and Loan
  • Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • American Arthritis Association (Chairman of Annual Program)
  • Emerald Bay Community Association
  • Edward Jones Investments
  • CLU Society of Bakersfield
  • City of Anaheim Alumni Association
  • Cal State Fullerton, Business School
  • Bank of the West (Newport Beach)
  • ARCO Petroleum Products Company (Carson)
  • American Society of CLU (Harbor Chapter)
  • American Heart Association

Videos:

  • What is the best way to plan your estate today? Are their legal loopholes in the tax law? How can you and your loved ones avoid probate? What did John Wayne do wrong? How did Bing Crosby get it right? The Trust Doctor, W. Bailey Smith provides advice and protection for your estate planning including the clause on "Avoiding The Gigolo and The Floozy" Trust and Avoiding Predators and Creditors; making sure your in-law that become outlaws won't be heirs of your estate., How Do I Plan My Estate Today

Educational Background:

  • Stanford University, B.A., 1965
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Office Location for W. Bailey Smith

2010 Main St
Suite 1000
Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 949-756-0684

Fax: 949-756-0956

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Last Updated: 9/19/2019

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