7th May 2014

As an Orange County estate-planning attorney, I think its important to understand the importance of a Living Will and Power of Attorney for health-care. In California, this course of action is known as an “advance health care directive”, with implications, … more

25th Mar 2014

Rosa Parks is an iconic American figure. The Congress named her “the mother of the freedom movement”. Her birthday, February 4, and the historical day of her arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger … more

28th Jan 2014

Medi-Cal is short for California Medical Assistance Program.  This public health insurance program offers health care services to low-income individuals and families, seniors, people with disabilities, foster care children, pregnant women, and people suffering from tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDS.  … more

8th Jan 2014

One of the best pieces of news in recent years is the federal tax exemption of $5.34 million per person and indexed to inflation made permanent. This means, for 2014, as much as $5.34 million of a person’s estate will … 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

21st Oct 2013

Many people put off making an estate plan because of certain misconceptions.  As an Orange County estate planning attorney, I have heard many misconceptions about estate planning, three of which deter people from starting an estate plan. 1.      Estate planning … more

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.

Orange County Estate Planning Attorney Suggests the Careful Declaration of Assets Can Help You Avoid Probate through the Small Estate Law

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28th Apr 2013

Under California law, the value of an estate will be a factor whether the estate undergoes probate or not.  Under a new California statute, estates with a value lower than $150,000 need not be probated.   Thus, for many Californians, the … more

15th Apr 2013

Last January 2013, a large estate in Northern California reportedly sold for about $117.5 million, which was ostensibly the second most expensive estate ever sold in the US. If you were blessed to own such a property, chances are that … more