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

26th Apr 2013

The Obama “Green Book” Budget for 2014 proposes the estate tax revert back to 2009 rates.  On page 138, the Administration states: “Beginning in 2018, the proposal would make permanent the estate, GST, and gift tax parameters as they applied … more

Planning to Put Up an LLC in California? This Estate Planning Attorney Show You the Pros and Cons

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28th Feb 2013

Of the business types one can form in California, a very popular choice is the limited liability company, or an “LLC.”  Business owners like the LLC because it combines the best features of a partnership or sole proprietorship and a … more

Orange County Probate Attorney Believes a Contested Probate can be Avoided

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16th Feb 2013

When a person dies leaving a Will, it does not necessarily mean that his final wishes will be fulfilled.  His estate will undergo probate, a legal process wherein the court oversees the distribution of the testator’s estate to his beneficiaries.  … more

Probate Attorney in Orange County Explains the Different Kinds of Wills

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27th Jan 2013

Are you considering preparing a Will?  If you are a resident of California, you have three ways to prepare a will. As a probate attorney in Orange County I am very familiar with how this works and will explain it … more

Orange County-What is a Prenuptial Agreement

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23rd Dec 2012

A prenuptial agreement is a contract between two peoplr who are engaged to be married.  Also known as “prenup,” such an agreement is called a premarital agreement in California and becomes effective upon marriage.     The premarital agreement generally sets forth … more

What is the Difference between Community and Separate Property

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18th Dec 2012

In California, getting married does not just mean loving each other. It also means sharing ownership of properties. The State of California is known as a “community property state.”  California recognizes the concept of community property. This simply means that … more

15th Dec 2012

DWIGHT EDWARD TOMPKINS,Estate Planning Lawyer. Tompkins-Law.com 

New Estate Tax Laws Heading Our Way in 2013

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10th Dec 2012

There are changes to the estate tax code coming in 2013, therefore right now is the best time to take advantage of some of the most advantageous estate tax benefits that exist now which may never exist again.   This blog … more

Estate Planning and Your Parents

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5th Dec 2012

One thing to take notice of is that as we age, our parents do as well. It can be a scary thing as offspring to see your once healthy and strong parents “lose it”.  They are protective in their role … more