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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?! 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 […]

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 […]

Orange County Estate Lawyer: Six Things You Shouldn’t Put in Your Will

As an Orange County estate lawyer, I know that most people assume that all of their final wishes can be handled through a simple Last Will and Testament.  While a will is designed to handle many postmortem matters, it is not the only legal tool you may need at your disposal to accomplish your goals.  Here are six specific […]

Ready to Start Writing Your Will? Consider This Before You Go It Alone or Online.

A last will and testament is the most commonly thought of document when it comes to an estate plan. But, really, it’s a very small part of an integrated plan that ensures your family stays out of Court and out of conflict when something happens to you. Don’t think you can just write your own […]

Easy Mistakes to Avoid When Passing Assets to Your Child

Setting up a trust fund for your children can ensure that the money you are leaving behind for them is taken care for them, in the way that you want. But your efforts in completing this important, yet somber, task can be ruined by making one of these common mistakes when passing assets to your […]

How to Leave Assets to Your Step-Children

How to Leave Assets to Your Step-Children Blended families are becoming more and more common in modern society, yet estate laws remain largely unchanged and still geared toward a “traditional” family structure. This poses an issue when it comes to leaving an inheritance for step-children in an estate plan. Step-children are often not legally adopted […]

Learn Why the New Federal Estate Tax Exemption Doesn’t Give You an Estate Planning “Pass”

Unless you were living under a rock, you most likely heard about the tax reform bill that was passed through Congress and signed by the President over the holidays. One big change that came out of it was the doubling of the exemption amount for federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Beginning in 2018, […]

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 […]

Estate Planning When You Have No Heirs | Newport Beach Will and Estate Lawyer

It’s entirely possible for someone to have an estate and no one to inherit it when they die. It could be due to not having children of one’s own and no other family. It could also be due to outliving all of one’s relatives, or not having relatives who live in the United States. Whatever […]