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Timothy J. Kay

Timothy J. Kay

Partner| Orange County


Tim Kay is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a partner and co-practice group leader in the firm's Private Client Services practice group. Tim's practice is concentrated in tax, trust, and estate matters with emphasis in estate planning, trust and probate administration, and estate and gift taxation. He employs advanced estate planning techniques, including grantor retained annuity trusts, family partnerships, limited liability companies, charitable remainder trusts, defective grantor trusts, insurance planning, and the creation, qualification and funding of public charities and private foundations. Tim handles premarital agreements and advises family law lawyers on the intersection of family law and estate planning. His practice includes significant matters involving trust and estate litigation, including post-death will and trust contests, issues involving the liability of trustees and other fiduciaries, and the rights of beneficiaries. In addition, Tim provides advice to non-profit organizations.

  • Stanford Law School (J.D., with distinction)
    • Note Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • University of San Francisco (B.A., Psychology)
  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Leaders in their Fields, Chambers High Net Worth Guide (2016-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts and Estates (2006-2019)
    • Orange County Lawyer of the Year, Trusts and Estates (2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Edition, Trusts and Estates (2012)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate (2008-2011, 2014-2018)
  • Boys Republic
    • Board of Directors
    • Past President
  • Orange Coast Estate Planning Council
    • Past President
  • Orange County Community Foundation
    • Past Chairman
  • South Coast Repertory Theater
    • Board of Trustees
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Partner, Irvine, California
  • California
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States Tax Court