2nd Dec 2012

No.  As the creator of the trust, you have 2 powers that give you ultimate control over the Living Trust:  The power to amend the trust, and the power to revoke the trust.  Also, during your lifetime, as long you … more

29th Nov 2012

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

Video: Creating a Pet Trust in California

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22nd Nov 2012

Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer Dwight Edward Tompkins explains the essentials of setting up a Pet Trust in California, including the appointment of the trustee and the custodian of the benefited animal. Tompkins-Law.com

U.S. Savings Bonds Going Paperless

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14th Apr 2012

Did you know that starting this year, paper savings bonds will no longer be sold at banks and other financial institutions?    Series EE and I electronic savings bonds can be purchased in “TreasuryDirect” accounts.  If you currently hold paper … more

30th Mar 2012

Planning for a special needs child or family member after you pass away is one of the most challenging decisions you will make, and it is a critical part of estate planning. This video by Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer … more

10th Mar 2012

Orange County California Estate Planning Lawyer Dwight Edward Tompkins explains the basics of the Estate Tax and how important it is to plan for Estate Taxes when forming an estate Plan. Whether planning with a living trust or a will, … more

Video: California Estate Planning For Unmarried Couples

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23rd Feb 2012

Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer Dwight Edward Tompkins explains why creating an estate plan is critical for unmarried couples. Because an unmarried partner is not considered an heir under California law, a will or living trust must be executed to … more

Video: Orange County Living Trusts: Costly Mistakes to Avoid

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11th Feb 2012

Orange County, California estate planning attorney, Dwight Edward Tompkins, warns of the danger of botched trusts which fail to carry out the client’s estate plan.  Botched trusts include badly written trusts, unfunded trusts, and unexecuted (unsigned) trusts. Failed trusts are … 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

6th Jan 2012

Orange County Estate Planning Attorney, Dwight Edward Tompkins, explains family trusts and wills, and how they are used for estate planning in California. The advantages of family trusts are highlighted including probate avoidance, cost savings, privacy, and incapacity planning. Based … more