Newport Beach Wills and Estates Lawyer Discusses 3 Easy Ways to Protect Your Kids in an Emergency

If something were to happen to you and your spouse what would happen if the authorities or medical personnel did not know that you have minor children at home waiting for you? Picture this; your children are at home and more frightened as each hour passes and you have not returned. The babysitter is scrambling […]

Newport Beach Estate Administration Lawyer: Understanding the Basics of Probate in Orange County, California

The thought of going through probate in Orange County can strike fear in the hearts of most people. And, good reason. The time it takes is long and grueling and the paperwork is overwhelming. The details of probate vary from state to state, so the process looks different depending on where the deceased owns property. […]

Orange County Will and Trust Lawyer Offers Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families

By Orange County Will and Trust Lawyer Darlynn Morgan Modern American families come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and configurations.  This creates unique circumstances when creating wills and trusts and putting long-term care plans in place. There is always potential for conflict when it comes to estate planning in general, but the added element of […]

Orange County Trust Lawyer: How to Protect an Inheritance for a Loved One Battling Bipolar Disorder

As an  Orange County trust lawyer, I am often asked by parents if it is possible to protect an inheritance for an adult child who battles Bipolar Disorder.  Unfortunately, one of the hallmarks of the condition is excessive financial spending while in the mania phase of the disease.  Parents often worry that if they leave […]

Orange County Estate Planning Attorney Answers, “Can I Name More Than One Person as My Power of Attorney?”

By Orange County Estate Planning Attorney Darlynn Morgan Granting someone power of attorney means that you are giving them the authority to make important decisions on your behalf should you be incapable of making them yourself. The scope, duration, and other specifics are up to you. While the laws vary in each state, it’s usually […]

How to Handle Decision Making for an Adult Child With Special Needs When the Parents Are Divorced

Any type of co-parenting relationship can be complicated, especially when the relationship ends in divorce. Divorcing parents of an adult child with special needs child may have questions about their rights and obligations as guardians when it comes to making decisions for child with disabilities. While laws may vary from state to state, the core […]

Orange County Will and Estate Lawyer Answers, “Can I Exclude My Spouse or Child from My Will?”

By Orange County Will and Estate Lawyer Darlynn Morgan Excluding someone from your will, particularly if it’s your spouse or your child, can be complicated. In some states, it’s not even allowed. Leaving out people who wouldn’t automatically receive any of your estate is usually as simple as just not including them. However, if you […]

Orange County Elder Law Attorney: 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dementia Care Facility

By Orange County Elder Law Attorney Darlynn Morgan Once an older loved one starts to show signs of dementia, you will likely need to start thinking about the type of care he or she will need in the future. When your loved one gets to the point where he or she is no longer able […]

What You Need to Know About Terminating a Bypass Trust

As tax laws have evolved over the years, some tools of estate planning have become outdated. What was once beneficial to a surviving spouse may no longer be the best option. A bypass trust, combined with a survivor’s trust to form what’s known as an AB trust, is often used by affluent couples as a […]