Probate can be Longer and More Expensive than You Think: a Warning from Probate Attorneys in Orange County

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9th Jan 2013

The length of time it takes for an estate to undergo probate in Orange County varies from case to case.  Barring hitches, it may be closed in 8 to 12 months.   You would be fortunate if your probate went that … more

The Probate of A Will in California

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17th Nov 2012

As a probate lawyer in Orange County, I am very familiar with the process of probate with or without a will. As you may know, probate is the process where after death the instructions of the Will are carried out, … more

Probate Horror Stories

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1st Nov 2012

Many of us have heard the probate horror stories of friends, loved ones and even perhaps well known individuals. Probate occurs when a deceased loved one’s assets get tied up in court typically because they did not have the proper … more

The Benefits of Having an Attorney when Undergoing Probate

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6th Aug 2012

When you are sick, the first thing you do is try home remedies.  But when your illness persists, trying to be your own doctor is not a good idea.  Go see a doctor.  The same goes with legal matters.  On … more

Delays: The Biggest Reason to Avoid Probate in California

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10th Jul 2012

Probate is a legal procedure of authenticating the will of a deceased person and making sure that the person’s estate is distributed following the wishes of the person or state law (in the absence of a will).  In the process, … 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

20th Jan 2012

Orange County Estate Planning Attorney Dwight Edward Tompkins explains the basics of Family Trusts and why you need one. Triggers that cause an estate to go into probate court are discussed. Details can be found at   Tompkins-Law.com 

6th Jan 2012

Orange County Estate Planning Attorney, Dwight Edward Tompkins, explains family trusts and wills, and how they are used for estate planning in California. The advantages of family trusts are highlighted including probate avoidance, cost savings, privacy, and incapacity planning. Based … 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