Keith Van Dyke

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Mr. Van Dyke is a Partner with the firm and has extensive trial experience having practiced in litigation for over 33 years. He also has extensive experience in handling arbitrations, mediations, law and motion, discovery and all areas of trial preparation. He practices Probate and civil litigation in both State and Federal Courts. He has tried numerous high value cases to successful conclusions by tenaciously representing his client interests. He is highly proficient at achieving positive results for his clients through the litigation process.


Juris Doctor, Pepperdine Law School, (1986) cum laude.
Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), University of California, Los Angles (1982)


California State Bar- 1986
United States District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California, 1986
Member of the Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section

Areas of Practice:

Mr. Van Dyke has represented individual and business clients in wide variety of Estate and Trust related disputes includingbreaches of fiduciary duty,breach of contract, trade secrets, mortgage lending, easements, construction, landlord tenant and unfair business practices. In addition he represents individuals, private professionals and entities in their capacities as trustees and personal representatives, in contested Court proceedings, including accountings, will and trust contests, petitions for removal trustees and other litigated trust matters.

We’re one of the Southern California`s leading law firms, headquartered in Newport Beach, with attorneys who leverage their expertise across all practice areas to serve clients with their trust and estate, business and real estate matters. In our firm you have a business partner dedicated to working with you to achieve your objectives on time and on budget.

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Our guarantee is structured to foster an open, candid relationship with clients. We pledge to provide services that effectively address each clients specific objectives. In return, we ask our clients to tell us promptly if they are dissatisfied in any way with those services, giving us the opportunity to correct any problem and improve the service relationship.

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Our fee arrangements include:
  • Hourly fees regular rates, structured rates and custom rates to meet your particular needs.
  • Contingent Fees if the merits and nature of your case warrant.
  • Part hourly/part contingent fees.
  • Enforcing provisions to make your opponent pay your fees.
  • Fixed Fees.
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Our estate planning services include counseling clients and the preparation of wills, revocable living trusts, living wills and power of attorney documents for health care and asset management. We have assisted families in dealing with family legal issues affecting seniors and disabled children or family members with special needs.

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Our firm works with executors, trustees, personal representatives, and other fiduciaries in all aspects of estate administration. We are committed to the delivery of probate and trust administration services with a sensitivity to the special concerns of our clients.

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It is so important to have your wishes known in a way that prevents confusion, delay, disputes and waste. We encourage the active participation of clients in the estate planning process and work closely with outside accounting, investment, insurance and banking professionals, as client interests dictate.

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We believe that our firm offers one of the strongest and most sophisticated trust, estate and probate litigation practice groups in the State of California, at both the trial and appellate levels. Our litigation group has extensive trust, estate and probate litigation experience and can appear pro hac vice where needed.

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We serve as general corporate counsel for many of our business clients and handle specific matters for others. Each business client, large or small, is given personal attention and the benefit of our collective knowledge and experience.

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Our attorneys assist clients in navigating through the complexities and challenges of todays real estate environment. In addition we provide advice and guidance in connection with the daily legal and contractual issues faced by our real estate clients.

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Jillyn Hess-Verdon BIO

She handles the firms Business Law practice and Estate Planning practice area which includes the areas of Wills and Trusts, Advanced Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Trust and Probate Litigation, Special Needs Trusts, Inheritance Tax Planning, Gifting and Charitable Planning and Business Planning.


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Mr. Van Dyke has represented individual and business clients in wide variety of Estate and Trust related disputes includingbreaches of fiduciary duty,breach of contract, trade secrets, mortgage lending, easements, construction, landlord tenant and unfair business practices.

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Mr. Cunningham works closely with his clients designing and implementing a variety of tax, business and estate planning strategies. He has worked extensively with the estate and gift tax laws and is well versed in the techniques which are available to minimize the harsh impact of those taxes.

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He also serves as general counsel to many of his clients’ closely held businesses, where he advises them in entity structuring and formation, corporate governance and a wide variety of transactions for all business types, including corporations, LLCs, and partnerships.

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