21st Mar 2014

I often tell clients, that Estate Planning is a process.  It is simply the steps you would take to ensure that your property, your money, and your assets go to your family and loved ones in the event of your … more

20th Jun 2013

A bank account can be designated as payable on death to someone of your choice. The bank pays these funds to this person almost immediately at your death, and the funds will generally not be subject to probate. The payable … more

15th May 2013

The trustee of a special needs trust has a complex job, which requires the trustee to understand the law and rules of government benefits, as well having the duty to invest funds appropriately.  Add the taxation requirements to prepare and … 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: Understanding the Estate Tax

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10th Aug 2011

WILL YOU BE PREPARED WHEN THE FAMILY “HOARDER” DIES? (Part 2)

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6th Mar 2011

In Part 2 of this series, we will look at a partial list of where money, important documents, and other valuables are hidden in the house.    Families who are pressed for time to rummage through all of the decedent family … more

VIDEO: QUANTITATIVE EASING EXPLAINED

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22nd Nov 2010

DD A fun and educational video on economic and monetary issues.  Enjoy. Dwight Edward Tompkins Attorney at Law This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice from a qualified … more

19th Nov 2010

DWIGHT EDWARD TOMPKINS Attorney at Law TOMPKINS-LAW.COM    This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal advice from a qualified estate planning attorney in your jurisdiction.  

DID GLORIA ALLRED VIOLATE HER ETHICAL DUTIES?

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11th Oct 2010

Forget the political and media implications of the Gloria Allred press conference with her client, Ms. Diaz Santillan recently held. What is truly fascinating, at least to me as a lawyer, is the apparent ethical violations of Gloria Allred to … more

3rd Sep 2010

If you have minor children, you should have a will prepared and executed in which you nominate the guardians for the children in the event of your death. Even if the size of your estate justifies the use of living … more