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Mitchell A. Port

Mitchell A. Port

DEATH and TAXES. Life's 2 Guarantees. Let Mitch help you navigate through both
  • Probate, Estate Planning, Tax Law ...
  • California
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Mitchell A. Port is an attorney in Los Angeles who represents individuals, families, and businesses offering services in probate, trust administration, estate planning and IRS tax controversies.

In addition to administering a decedent's estate as well as identifying and distributing assets to beneficiaries, Mitch also offers services for other issues that may require the attention of a probate court, including the following:

Lost wills

Will contests

The removal of executors and trustees

Petitions for probate

Trust administration

Probate litigation

Other legal matters that must go through the California
probate court, including conservatorships
(a court proceeding for incapacitated and incompetent adults)
and guardianships (a court proceeding for minors)

Post-Mortem tax planning

Our firm has also successfully represented clients in probate cases involving real estate, stocks, bonds and investments of all kinds, such as general and limited partnerships; limited liability companies; sole proprietorships; corporations; and active businesses.

In the event that your probate case involves a tax controversy matter, such as unpaid income taxes owed by the deceased or estate taxes, Mitch is an experienced specialist in tax controversy who will offer you simple yet effective solutions.

Probate is rarely straightforward. Working with your law firm should be. Probate litigation can be a stressful experience, involving high risk exposure and unpredictable results. You need a lawyer who will simplify the process and not complicate it further. At the Law Office of Mitchell A. Port, the firm is committed to helping our clients find the most direct route to a successful outcome.

Practice Areas
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Tax Law
Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
  • Free Consultation
    Free phone consultation. Mitch will gladly discuss your situation and provide help when possible.
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fee arrangements are offered on a selective basis under the appropriate circumstances.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $450 per hour.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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U.S. Tax Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Office of Mitchell A. Port
- Current
(1) California Probate Law (2) IRS and California Tax Controversies and Tax Problems (3) Estate Planning (Wills, Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives) (4) Business Transactions
Associate Attorney
Los Angeles Law Firms
In-house counsel and associate attorney engaged in estate planning, tax planning, ERISA, probate and business transactions.
Office of Chief Counsel
Internal Revenue Service
Tax research involving IRS collection activity.
Revenue Officer
Internal Revenue Service
Enforced collection action against delinquent taxpayers.
University of San Diego School of Law
LL.M. | Tax Law
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Southwestern University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. | Political Science
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Super Lawyer - Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
Super Lawyers
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009, 2020 - 2021
AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Service
Selected: 2012 - 2020 Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence.
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 106192
- Current
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Beverly Hills Bar Association
Chair - Employee Benefits Section
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Articles & Publications
How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Estate Planning Process
The legal blog of The Law Office of Mitchell A. Port
California Courtroom Closures, Court Employees Cut-Back And New Court Fees
California Probate Lawyer Blog
Same-Sex Marriage And The Federal Estate Tax
California Probate Lawyer Blog
A New Sizzle for Split Dollar
Broker World
Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning Primer, California CPA Society
Avoiding Probate and California Estate Planning, Rotary Luncheons
Estate Planning, DHS - Pre-Retirement
Estate Planning Basics to Grandparents Serving as Caregivers to their Grandchildren, Grandparents As Parents conference
Websites & Blogs
Mitchell A. Port's Website Profile
Law Office of Mitchell A. Port Website
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. Before a county can seize your property for tax due, do they have to do anything like take you to court?
A: The county does not have to go to court to foreclose on a tax lien it probably filed to secure the tax debt you have. If you don't think the tax is due, the dispute it through the use of proper channels.

I hope this helps.

Mr. Port is licensed to practice law throughout the state of California with an office in Los Angeles where he handles probate, tax disputes, estate planning and business transactions. He is authorized to handle IRS matters throughout the United States. His phone number is 310.559.5259, his email address is For more tax, probate, estate planning and business articles visit his website, his tax blog at and his probate blog at ... Read More
Q. My parents are cosigners on my house do they have to pay capital gains taxes when I sell it?
A: As co-signers, I assume your parents are not co-owners. When a capital asset is sold, only the owner pays tax. They are simply relieved of their contingent obligation to pay your debt if you default and that does not give rise to capital income on which a tax is due.
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Contact & Map
Law Office of Mitchell A. Port
9054 Cresta Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Telephone: (310) 526-3433
Fax: (310) 559-7854
Monday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed