30th Oct 2013

Wills or living trusts?  What is the better estate planning document?  If you ask me, as a living trust attorney from Orange County, both documents have their benefits.  Living trusts have become popular nowadays because of the ease in which … more

3rd Oct 2013

Estate planning is an essential part of ensuring that your family is looked after once you have passed away. Many people do not think about the importance of estate planning in Orange County, but having everything in place when it … more

24th Sep 2013

One objective of estate planning nowadays is the avoidance of probate.  But, you may ask:  If people want to avoid probate, why was probate created in the first place?  The answer is simply that the process called probate was created … more

16th Sep 2013

Like income tax, estate tax generally increases in a bracketed manner. With the former, the higher the income, the higher the percentage to be paid in income tax.  The same goes through with estate tax. For California estate tax, the … more

How Does Estate Tax Impact My Estate Plan in California?

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29th Aug 2013

Drafting a living trust is an easy and yet necessary processes that every person with assets will have to go through, but many people put it off sometimes until it’s too late. This is especially important if they do not … more

How Much Do Attorneys Charge in Creating a Living Trust?

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20th Aug 2013

The main reason why people come up with estate plans is for them to ensure that their wishes as to how their estate will be distributed will be followed.  This means your favorite niece will inherit your 18th-century heirloom grand … more

26th Jul 2013

Contrary to what many people think, I do not automatically continue as the attorney for the trust.  The trustee may retain me as the attorney, but they are not obligated to do so.  The trustee may retain another qualified attorney, … more

28th Jan 2012

The essentials of a California Revocable Living Trust are covered in this video, including the benefits of trusts over wills in avoiding probate, which include cost savings, privacy, and avoiding time delays of the court system. The video is presented … more

Video: Powers of Attorney

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5th Nov 2011

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Video: Can I See My Credit Report?

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28th Oct 2011

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