R Kurt Ketchum


Kurt Ketchum - Attorney 1

Mr. Ketchum has considerable experience advising clients in all areas of estate planning and trust administration, including wills and trusts, fiduciary responsibilities and trust administration. 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.
In addition, Mr. Ketchum has comprehensive knowledge and experience counseling clients on real estate matters, both purchasing and leasing, regulatory and compliance issues, and intellectual property matters.
Prior to earning his law degree and commencing on his legal career, Mr. Ketchum worked for nearly a decade in wealth management and financial planning, where he helped high-net-worth individuals and business owners develop and implement comprehensive investment and insurance strategies tailored to their particular needs. This background and experience gives him a keen insight and unique perspective when advising clients on their estate and business planning needs.


Bachelors of Science (Business Administration), Chapman University Juris Doctor, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law • Chapman Law Review, Articles Editor


California State Bar United States District Court, Central District of California


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 fee arrangements include:
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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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