Category Archives: Orange County Estate Planning

Your California estate planning lawyer at Morgan Law Group will educate you, take the time to get to know you, your family, your concerns, your goals and your issues and will gladly and patiently answer all your questions to produce an estate plan.

Orange County Estate Tax Lawyer Answers: “What’s Estate Tax Portability?”

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 introduced the concept of estate tax portability between spouses. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013 made estate tax portability permanent. What exactly is estate tax portability, and how can you use it to your advantage?  What is Estate Tax Portability? If a husband […]

How to Handle International Assets and Property in Your Orange County Estate Plan

Often, when we think of someone having property overseas, we think of George Clooney and his Italian villa or Richard Branson and his private island. However, plenty of everyday Americans own property or assets in other countries, and it may become part of their estates when they pass on. There are special considerations to keep […]

Rebuilding Communities: How to Designate a Charitable Gift Through Your Orange County Estate Plan

This tragic hurricane season and other disasters have taken a toll on many parts of the United States and the Caribbean. They have also taken a toll on the charitable organizations that step in when a crisis hits.  As a will and trust lawyer in Orange County, it is gratifying to meet with clients who […]

Is the Word “Inheritance” a Dirty Word in Your Family? | Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer

In my years as an Orange County estate planning lawyer, it still surprises me to hear how uncomfortable people are discussing estate planning issues. Even families who are open to discussing their financial situations get squeamish when the word “inheritance” is brought up. However, like everything in life, the more you know the better. Experience […]

Orange County Estate Lawyer Advises to Keep it in the Family: Estate Planning and Family Businesses

  Giving your children and grandchildren the legacy and pride of a family business can keep your nose to the grindstone for decades. Financial security, family harmony, and growing wealth together are some of the benefits of a family business. Legacies are meant to outlive the legacy makers. If you’re a business owner in California, […]

Orange County Estate Attorney Warns About Leaving Vacation Homes to Heirs

If you have a vacation home, whether it’s located here in California or in another state, you may want to leave it to your heirs after you pass away. But, what you thought of as a wonderful gift can turn into their worst nightmare if you are not careful. Here are three critical questions that […]

Do I Need A New Estate Plan If I Move to a New State?

If I had to pick one question that I am asked the most, I’d have to say this one ranks way up there… Do I need a new estate plan if I move out of California? Just like the answer to most estate planning questions, the answer is “it depends.” However, this one has a […]

Digital Assets: California is Moving in the Right Direction

Good news! California is taking steps toward putting a legal framework in place for handling digital assets after someone passes away.  I’ve been talking to you for years about including digital assets in your estate plan and now the law is catching up. Digital assets such as email accounts, social media online, and even online […]

Orange County Estate Planning for Blended Families

Many people are familiar with this common horror story: a parent remarries later in life to a person with a family of his or her own; when the parent passes away, their estate goes entirely to their new spouse through the laws of intestacy. When the new spouse then dies, the cumulative estate goes to […]

Orange County Special Needs Lawyer: Basics of a Special Needs Trust

For families with special needs individuals, ensuring the care for their loved ones once the caretakers are gone is of the utmost priority. The loss of specialized care and Medi-Cal or SSI benefits is a very real danger if proper special needs planning is not put in place, which is why Orang County special needs […]