16th Aug 2013

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

4th Jun 2013

A basic overview of the Grantor Retained Annuity Trust, commonly known as a GRAT. Dwight Edward Tompkins,Trust and Estates Lawyer, Orange County, California.

13th May 2013

The best way to avoid probate in California is through a living trust. But, there are other ways to avoid probate as well.  Joint tenancy ownership avoids probate as long as one or more of the joint tenants are surviving. … 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

7th Apr 2010

Funding a living trust or family trust is a critical step in achieving the goals of the trust estate plan. Failure to properly fund a trust will result in an overall failure of  the trust itself to carry out its … more