Orange County Estate Planning

How Long Does It Take to Settle an Estate in Orange County, California?

One of the most common questions asked when it comes settling estates is “How long will it take to settle an estate in Orange County?” The answer to that question is, of course, going to vary depending upon several factors. In some situations, Orange County probate may just take several weeks or a few months; …

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Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer: Here’s a Unique Financial Gift to Give to Your Loved Ones This Valentine’s Day

By Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer, Darlynn Morgan If you’re searching for a special gift that demonstrates just how deeply you love your spouse, significant other, kids or family members this Valentine’s Day… …then consider going “outside the box” and giving your family the gift of estate planning, which provides the peace of mind knowing …

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Orange County Estate Lawyer Says, “A Tattoo Should Not Replace a Properly Drafted DNR!”

By Orange County Estate Lawyer Darlynn Morgan You may have heard about this story: doctors were faced with an ethical dilemma when they found the words “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed on a man’s chest. The tattoo even included the man’s signature. The patient had no other documentation and was not accompanied by any family members …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Orange County Probate Lawyer: What Happens If Your Child Dies Before You?

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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