22nd Apr 2014

It is easy to be careless with funds that one receives from an inheritance.  Sometimes this money isn’t even known until the reading of the will.  As a living trust attorney in Orange County, I help people decide the best … more

27th Jan 2014

Dwight Edward Tompkins,Estate Planning Lawyer,Orange County, California.

20th May 2013

One the unintended consequences of failing to plan your estate is that family members you detest may end up with your estate, or a portion of it. Consider the story of the estate I handled a few years ago.  The … more

29th Apr 2013

The terms “heir” and “beneficiary” are often used interchangeably by many people and I do so as well from time to time. However, there is an important difference between an “heir” and a “beneficiary”. An “heir” is someone who has … more

9th Dec 2012

Dwight Edward Tompkins,Estate Planning Lawyer. Tompkins-Law.com 

Orange County Inheritance Battles: How an Experienced Probate Attorney Is Necessary Even If There is a Will

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14th May 2012

Going through probate is something very difficult for families to face.  If there is no Will, then California law and the Court will decide who are the heirs, and what inheritance they will receive.  Some family members will be included … more

16th Jan 2012

Understanding that Estate Planning is more than just trusts and wills, but is a comprehensive process that may include financial, medical, business, and incapacity planning is basic to anyone interested in forming an estate plan. This video from CaliforniaFamilyTrusts.com and … more

24th Apr 2011

Last year, a lawyers group, Wealth Counsel, conducted a survey of estate planning lawyers from all over the US.  I participated in the survey. 63% said they opposed repealing the estate tax.  32% said they supported taxing “beneficiaries who did … more