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

10 PHONE CALLS TO MAKE AFTER THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE

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20th Apr 2011

When a family member passes away, there are several phone calls to make.  In each case, follow-up calls, meetings, and paperwork will probably be required. Also, the order of the calls may be different depending on the circumstances; however, the … more

HOW MUCH DOES ESTATE PLANNING COST?

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28th Mar 2011

It really depends on your individual circumstances, particularly the complexity and size of your estate. Most estate planning lawyers charge a flat fee, also known as a fixed fee, to prepare an estate plan, whether it is a basic will … more

WILL YOU BE PREPARED WHEN THE FAMILY “HOARDER” DIES? (Part 1)

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13th Feb 2011

Do you have a “hoarder” in the family?  Someone who collects everything and throws nothing away?  The task of going through everything is daunting.   The temptation is to call 1-800-Got Junk and have them pick up everything.   Don’t … more

VIDEO: LIVING TRUST FAILURES: COSTLY MISTAKES TO AVOID

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10th Feb 2011

Personal Service Is My Standard

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27th Dec 2010

 I have just completed my 20th year of practice in Estate Planning, Business Planning, and Estates: 19 years as a solo practitioner.  Unlike larger firms, I personally work directly with my clients, which allows me to provide a more affordable, … 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