Category Archives: Estate Planning

Help! I Inherited a Timeshare. Now what?!

The majority of people we see in our Orange County estate planning law firm name their adult children as beneficiaries of their estate plan. In most cases, this works well because children typically outlive their parents. But, what happens when a child dies before the parent? What becomes of the inheritance that a parent plans […]

Orange County Trust Lawyer: You May Need Two Guardians for Your Minor Children

People often struggle with deciding who will serve as guardian for their minor children if they pass away. We’ve walked hundreds of Orange County families through this process. Sometimes, the family situation requires naming not just one guardian, but two. If you leave your children a substantial inheritance, it will be necessary to name a […]

Actions Speak Louder than Words: When Will an Oral Estate Agreement Be Enforced?

It’s always best practice for a person to write down one’s intentions for their property when they die. However, many people still die intestate (without a will), and their intentions aren’t known. Often, however, these people’s heirs may make a claim that the deceased orally stated what their intentions were. These assertions may very well […]

3 Undeniable Reasons Why Young Families Need Estate Plans

No one expects to die early. In fact, most people feel pretty immortal in their 20’s and 30’s. After all, they are in the prime of life, so why take time out of their hectic schedules to create an estate plan? Do young families need estate plans? Unfortunately, tragedy can strike at any age. I […]

Orange County Estate Lawyer Warns, “Without a Power of Attorney, You May Not Be Able to Speak for Your Spouse”

As an Orange County estate lawyer, one thing that surprises many of my clients is that Powers of Attorney are necessary even for married couples. People automatically assume that their spouse will be able to handle everything on their behalf if they become incapacitated. This is not usually the case. A Power of Attorney is […]

Critical Post-Divorce Estate Planning Checklist

A divorce changes everything. If you are in the process of divorce or just finishing up, you are mostly likely busy trying to readjust to your new life. Although it’s a hectic time, it is important that you do not forget that you need to update your estate plan. Here is a checklist to get […]

Beware of DIY Wills and Trusts: Your Family Situation Impacts Your How You Leave Your Legacy

Every family is different. In some families, there is one breadwinner and sometimes both spouses work outside the home. Some families have children, while others are childless. Blended families bring children from previous relationships. Because there are many different life circumstances that go into making a family, there really is no one-size-fits-all approach to structuring […]

Orange County Will and Trust Lawyer: You Plan For Date Night – But Not For Your Kids Future?!

Orange County Will and Trust Lawyer: You Plan For Date Night – But Not For Your Kids Future?! Picture this – you get an opportunity to spend some alone time with your spouse. What do you do to prepare for date night? Carefully select a babysitter. Then, you write detailed instructions; when to feed the […]

Financial Checklist for Newlyweds | Orange County Estate Planning Lawyers

As newlyweds start their lives together, they know that there are many changes on the horizon. Orange County Estate Planning Lawyers know that putting a solid estate plan in place at the beginning of that journey is a great idea. The sooner a couple starts planning, the sooner they get on the same page with […]