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Mitchell A. Port

Mitchell A. Port

DEATH & 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
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Law
  • Business Law
  • 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
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
Law Firm
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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AV Rated
AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings recently came out with it's rating of me. The Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys receive a Peer Review Ratings based on evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States. I have been honored with an "AV Preeminent" rating which is a significant rating accomplishment- a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. My piers gave me a rating of 5 out of 5 in all possible areas analyzed: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability, Legal Experience. I'm pleased and honored.
For: Estate Planning & Probate, Tax Controversy and Closely Held Business
Southern California Super Lawyer
I am honored by being selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2009 in areas of law including Estate Planning & Probate, Tax Controversy and Closely Held Business. There is a very nice badge on the right side of this blog posting. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers is published as a special supplement in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines across the country. Super Lawyers magazine, featuring articles about attorneys named to the Super Lawyers list, is distributed to all attorneys in the state or region, the lead corporate counsel of Russell 3000 companies and the ABA-approved law school libraries. The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel. No other legal publisher goes through the unique multi-step process that Super Lawyers employs to find evidence of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Outstanding Lawyer in Probate, Tax & Closely Held Business
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Professional Associations
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California State Bar  # 106192
- Current
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Beverly Hills Bar Association
Chair - Employee Benefits Section
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Articles & Publications
"Death and Taxes"
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Top Attorney - Probate. Superb 10.0
AV Preeminent
Super Lawyer
Southern California Super Lawyers
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
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) 935-0572
Fax: (310) 559-7854