Special Needs and Your Estate Plan in California

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20th Sep 2012

The main aim of planning your estate is to ensure that your loved ones get the most of what you leave behind and thus live a good quality of life after you are gone.  With a well-written will or living … more

Helpful Tips on Preparing Your Prenuptial Agreement in California

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23rd Aug 2012

A lot of people may think that prenuptial agreements are exclusive to celebrities and other public figures.  But no, it is for all.  A prenuptial agreement is basically designed to protect an individual’s possessions, properties, accountabilities, etc. before he or … more

Orange County Inheritance Battles: How an Experienced Probate Attorney Is Necessary Even If There is a Will

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14th May 2012

Going through probate is something very difficult for families to face.  If there is no Will, then California law and the Court will decide who are the heirs, and what inheritance they will receive.  Some family members will be included … more

U.S. Savings Bonds Going Paperless

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14th Apr 2012

Did you know that starting this year, paper savings bonds will no longer be sold at banks and other financial institutions?    Series EE and I electronic savings bonds can be purchased in “TreasuryDirect” accounts.  If you currently hold paper … more

30th Mar 2012

Planning for a special needs child or family member after you pass away is one of the most challenging decisions you will make, and it is a critical part of estate planning. This video by Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer … more

21st Mar 2012

A Durable Power of Attorney for Management of Finances and Assets allows you to protect yourself against an unexpected period of incapacity. This informative video explains how Powers of Attorney work, when to use them and how they fit into … more

2nd Mar 2012

Orange County Estate Planning Attorney, Dwight Edward Tompkins, reveals how powers of attorney are often misused, and how they are properly used when created with the help of a qualified estate planning lawyer. This video is a must for those … more

Video: What is a Will?

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17th Feb 2012

Everyone should have a Will to avoid having the Probate Court decide who gets your estate and how much they will receive. Parents of minor children must have a Will to name a guardian. These and other important points are … more

Video: Orange County Living Trusts: Costly Mistakes to Avoid

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11th Feb 2012

Orange County, California estate planning attorney, Dwight Edward Tompkins, warns of the danger of botched trusts which fail to carry out the client’s estate plan.  Botched trusts include badly written trusts, unfunded trusts, and unexecuted (unsigned) trusts. Failed trusts are … more

4th Feb 2012

People often confuse Probate with taxes.  If it is not a tax what is it?  What is involved in Probate in California?  Why is it so expensive and time-consuming?    These questions are answered in this video, which includes an outline … more