28th May 2014

Presented by Estate Planning Lawyer, Dwight Edward Tompkins, Orange, CA.

12th Feb 2014

All estate planning documents have one group of people who the estate owner has in mind:  the beneficiaries.  These are people who he or she would be happy to have their assets transferred to in the event of their death.  … more

24th Dec 2013

The death of a loved one, whether it is expected (after a long illness) or unexpected, leaves us overwhelmed and numb with shock.  Nevertheless it is important that you do not become immobilized by grief, especially if you are the … more

5th Nov 2013

One estate panning mechanism that people use to avoid probate is the creation of a Trust.  With this mechanism, the property, assets and cash resources of the estate owned (known as the Trustor) are transferred and titled in the name … more

11th Jun 2013

It should seem to be obvious, but I often receive telephone calls from someone who is the trustee of the trust asking me if something is permissible. The starting point is to look at the trust instrument, often referred to … more

25th May 2013

Estate planning means PLANNING!  This seems obvious, but many people wait to the last minute to plan their estates. In my almost quarter century of working as an estate planning lawyer, I have been called upon on many occasions to … more

24th May 2013

Good overview of the estate tax changes that went into effect on January 1, 2013:  Dwight Edward Tompkins,Estate Lawyer,Orange County California.

9th May 2013

DWIGHT EDWARD TOMPKINS,Orange County Living Trust Lawyer.

7th May 2013

Selecting the right person to be the trustee or successor trustee is the most important decision in forming a living trust.    It is not by mistake that “trusts” are called “trusts”. I recently was retained by someone whose mother had … more

4th May 2013

The 3 most common irrevocable trusts are: 1.  The Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, often referred to as an “ILIT”.   This kind of trust is designed to create liquidity for payment of estate taxes, and at the same time taking … more