(949) 833-8891

W. Bailey Smith, Esq.

I am a Trust Doctor, not a medical doctor. I fix trusts!
W Bailey Smith

W. Bailey Smith, Esq.

Certified Estate Planning Attorney


(949) 833-8891
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FamilyCertified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Probate – Irvine Office

W. Bailey Smith graduated from Stanford University and the University of California, Hastings College of Law. After serving as an Agent in Counter-Intelligence in the United Stated Army, he practiced law as a Deputy District Attorney and then with a major Los Angeles law firm.

He has been certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. He has created more than 7,000 trusts for satisfied clients. He has taught estate and gift taxation and lectured on tax savings throughout California. He has published a 59 page booklet titled “How to Plan Your Estate Today” and has recorded a 30 minute DVD describing estate planning.

He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Reader’s Digest, the American Bar Association Journal, the Orange County Apartment Magazine, and the Orange County Lawyer. He was an adjunct professor at Long Beach State for ten years.

He is a member of the Orange Coast Estate Planning Council, the Trusts and Estates Section of the Orange County Bar Association, and the Trust and Estates Section of the California Bar. With more than 47 years of experience as an attorney, he specializes in wills, trusts and probate in Irvine, California.

Bailey was one of the founder of the “Aquathon” which is an annual walk and swim of 8 miles from Emerald Bay to the Ritz Carlton. Bailey has served on the Board of Directors for several different groups including the Orange County Estate Planning Council, the UCI Mind Advisory Board, the Back Bay Club, the Newport-Beach-Irvine Rotary Club, the Stanford Fund, and the Bailey Drug Company. He has also served as the President of two California charities.

Please call (949) 833-8891 for your complimentary consultation today.


Stanford University (B.A., 1965)
University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1969)

Practice Areas

Estate Planning
Trust Administration
Trust Review
Estate Tax Planning
Pet Trusts
Special Needs Trust for Disabled Children

Bar Admissions

California, 1970
United States District Court, 1971
United States Supreme Court, 1972

Community Involvement

The Rotary Club for over 25 years (Newport Irvine Club)
American Cancer Society; Bailey’s wife is a Stage 4 Cancer survivor.
Arthritis Foundation
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana
Laguna Beach Art Museum
Laguna Playhouse
Lincoln Club
Orange County Baron’s League
Paul Harris Foundation
School Power/Laguna Beach Education Foundation
UCI Chancellor’s Club
UCI Mind Institute, Board of Directors
Working Wardrobes Orange County

Bailey Speaking at RotaryGroups Spoken To

American Arthritis Association (Chairman of Annual Program)
American Heart Association
American Society of CLU (Harbor Chapter)
ARCO Petroleum Products Company (Carson)
Bank of the West (Newport Beach)
Cal State Fullerton, Business School
City of Anaheim Alumni Association
CLU Society of Bakersfield
Edward Jones Investments
Emerald Bay Community Association
Exit Coach Radio Show
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Glendale Federal Savings and Loan
Hoag Presbyterian Hospital
International Association of Financial Planners – National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia
Little Company of Mary Hospital (Torrance)
Lincoln Financial Advisors
Long Beach Memorial Hospital
Long Beach State University
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley
Oasis Senior Center
OC CPA Society
OC Medical Association
Pacific Financial Radio Show
Pacific Life (Programs in Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Texas, Florida, and Georgia)
Professional Fiduciary Services
Ric Edelman Financial (both in California and nationally)
Rotary Clubs throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County
Saddleback Community Hospital
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
Stanford University
Title Insurance talk to attorneys in Orange County, San Diego County, and LA County
Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation
University of Southern California (Orange County Campus)
Van Deventer & Hock Investment
Wells Fargo Bank

Quoted In

The Reader’s Digest
Wall Street Journal
American Bar Association Journal
Orange County Lawyer Journal

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