Ernest J. Kim

Top rated estate & trust litigation attorney in Tustin, California

Law Offices of Ernest J. Kim
Ernest J. Kim
Law Offices of Ernest J. Kim

Practice Areas: Estate & trust litigation, Estate planning & probate; view more

Licensed in California since: 1995

Education: Cornell University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

Law Offices of Ernest J. Kim

17541 17th Street
Suite 100
Tustin, CA 92780 Visit website


Ernest J. Kim is the principal of the Law Offices of Ernest J. Kim.  He focuses on estate planning, probate and estate administration, wills and trusts. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Kim represents clients in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose. A certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by The State Bar of California, he has extensive knowledge and experience in estate planning law. He also has an Avvo “Superb” rating, and is fluent in Korean.

Mr. Kim co-authored a chapter on the classification and nature of trusts that many estate planning attorney use for reference, which was published by the legal group West Publisher in 1999. More recently, he has worked to reduce probate fees and estate taxes by informing the local community about various planning techniques.

A regular addition to radio shows when topics regarding estate planning are discussed, Mr. Kim teaches seminars to financial professionals and individuals throughout the state of California. Some of these seminars have been sponsored by companies such as the Santa Clara Korean Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Korean Chamber of Commerce, Merrill Lynch, New York Life, AXA Advisors and Prudential.

Mr. Kim is known as an intelligent, honest professional who is friendly, sincere, resourceful and compassionate when it comes to serving his clients.

At the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Kim obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics before moving on to Cornell Law School where he graduated with a Juris Doctor and a major in business regulation and law.




Practice areas

Estate & trust litigation, Estate planning & probate

Focus areas

Will contests, Estate planning, Guardianships & conservatorships, Probate & estate administration, Trusts

  • 60% Estate & trust litigation
  • 40% Estate planning & probate

First Admitted: 1995, California

Professional Webpage:

  • Ernest J. Kim has been selected as a Super Lawyer by his peers for five (5) years in a row. , Superlawyers Selection ,
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law

Office location for Ernest J. Kim

17541 17th Street
Suite 100
Tustin, CA 92780

Phone: 949-975-1870


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

Certificates and credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization
Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
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