Tag Archives: estate planning

Orange County Parents: Here’s What Can Happen to Your Kids If You Pass Away Without a Will or Trust in Place

One of my greatest passions as an Orange County estate planning lawyer is teaching parents how to wisely prepare for death. I realize the possibility of dying while your children are still young can be difficult to accept and that’s why many parents choose to not think about it. Unfortunately, this fear can prevent parents […]

Orange County Will and Trust Lawyer Answers: “Our Property is Titled in Joint Tenancy. I Don’t Need a Will, Right?”

Orange County Will and Trust Lawyer Answers: “Our Property is Titled in Joint Tenancy. I Don’t Need a Will, Right?” The answer to this question, and so many other estate planning questions is, “Yes, but….”. It is true, that if you own an asset jointly with rights of survivorship in California, the joint tenant will […]

Orange County Trust Attorney: Reduce Your Tax Burden with a Qualified Personal Residence Trust

As an Orange County trust attorney, I know that a family home or vacation property is often the most valuable asset in estate. While the homeowner may want to leave their cherished property to children or other beneficiaries as an inheritance, taxes can quickly thwart well-meaning plans. The sad truth is that without proper planning, […]

“I’m Too Young for Estate Planning!” Orange County Estate Planning Attorney Urges Millennials to Rethink This Common Estate Planning Myth.

As an Orange County estate planning attorney, I know Millennials have a lot going on; they are starting their careers, buying their first homes and starting their families. With so many “beginnings” it’s hard to imagine finding time to stop and think about “the end.” A lot of people think that they are too young to […]

Orange County Estate Planning Attorney: Avoid This Common Beneficiary Mismatch

As an Orange County estate planning attorney, I have seen many unfortunate circumstances where a person goes through the time and expense of having an estate plan created, only to fail to update their beneficiaries on their financial or retirement accounts before they pass away. An example of this would be Mary naming her brother […]

New Law to Expand Chronic Care Benefits through Medicare

In a rare instance of bipartisan cooperation, Congress recently passed a law that will expand chronic care benefits to individuals enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans who have chronic illnesses. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act will cover certain supplies and services not previously covered such as telehealth services, […]

Orange County Special Needs Planning Lawyer: Use Your IRA to Benefit a Special Needs Charity or Non-Profit You Care About

If you are over 70 and ½ years old, you can donate some or all over your IRA to an eligible special needs charity or non-profit of your choice. Using a Qualified Charitable Distribution, you can donate directly from your IRA to the charity. Not only is this a great way to support your favorite […]

Ask an Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer: “I Just Discovered a Long-Lost Sister. Can She Inherit Dad’s Estate?”

This may sound like a situation from a movie, but it happens more than you can imagine: a long-lost child appears after the death of their parent. This is an alarming situation for many reasons, but people often wonder if that child has a claim against the deceased’s estate. As an Orange County estate planning […]

Orange County Estate Planning Attorney: Who Can Claim Death Benefits and How to Claim Death Benefits After the Loss of a Loved One

Money is usually the last thing that someone grieving over the loss of a loved one wants to think about, but many people are often put in that situation. Death comes with expenses, and most people haven’t taken the time to prepare for them.  Even a modest funeral and burial can cost many thousands of […]

Newport Beach Estate Planning Lawyer: How to Use Trusts to Protect Your IRA from an Irresponsible Child

A lot of parents come into our Newport Beach estate planning law firm with mixed feelings passing on the balance of their retirement accounts to their children when they die someday. On one hand they are proud of the money they have saved over their lifetime in an IRA; on the other hand, they worry […]