Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Professional Details

Thomas C. Aikin, Partner

Thomas C. Aikin is a partner in the Trusts and Estates Department.  His practice is focused on  representing both fiduciaries and beneficiaries of trusts and estates in administration, as well as contested matters. Mr. Aikin places a particular emphasis on representing charities, universities, and other non-profit organizations.  He has successfully represented clients through trial, as well as on subsequent appeals.  Successes include drafting a petition to have an adverse appellate result heard by the California Supreme Court resulting in the landmark case concerning beneficiary rights, Estate of Giraldin (2012) 55 Cal.4th 1058.

Mr. Aikin has expertise in trust and estate litigation including contests (lack of capacity and undue influence), accountings, and the interpretation of estate planning instruments.  In one matter, he defeated an attempt to have a document interpreted as an amendment to a trust which would eliminate his clients, several charitable organizations, as beneficiaries of a large estate.

Mr. Aikin is experienced in all phases of probate and trust administration including inventories, accounting, closing, and the judicial interpretation and modification of trusts, and in all phases of civil litigation, including jury trials and arbitration.

Mr. Aikin has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Trusts and Estates Litigation. Between 2014-2018, He has been named among the list of Southern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine.  Only 2.5% of the attorneys under age 40 in Southern California are selected for this honor.