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A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep!

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jan 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

We are pleased to see an overwhelming number of people attending our Living Trust Seminars to get their estate planning done.  Between new clients to the firm or existing clients coming back for a refresher and to have their estate plan reviewed and/or updated, it has been refreshing to see people taking care of these important legal matters for themselves and their loved ones. All over the news, we have been hearing about tough times ahead for us.  Between inflation, job layoffs, and a looming recession, we are certainly in for a bit of a rough ride ahead of us.  However, it’s during these times that it’s even more important to make sure that your estate planning matters are in order.  Whether you haven’t set up an estate plan yet at all or if you have an estate plan that has not been reviewed in the past 3 years, there is no better time than RIGHT NOW to take care of these things for your family.  You don’t want to risk that something could happen and you or your spouse loses capacity and is unable to make the necessary changes or decisions at that point.  All too often we see clients coming in when it’s beyond the point where we are able to legally do anything to help them.

Sonia’s Estate Planning Horror Stories: The Generic Power of Attorney

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jan 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

One of the best ways to learn is through other peoples’ mistakes, which is why I have decided to put together this short column into our newsletter each month so that I can identify stories (either that we’ve seen first-hand here at Thompson Von Tungeln or that come up in the news with celebrities or other well-known individuals). In this month’s issue, I wanted to spend some time on the importance of the Power of Attorney. 

February is American Heart Month!

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jan 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

Did you know that February is American Heart Month - - a month dedicated to help bring awareness around heart disease and heart health.  The statistics around heart disease are staggering, but the most important fact about heart disease is to remember that it can affect anyone at any age. This was more apparent than ever when 24-year-old NFL player, Damar Hamlin, shocked the world after collapsing from cardiac arrest while on the field following a tackle.  The medical staff were able to rush to his side and provide him with medical care before being rushed to the hospital, where he was stabilized and recently discharged.

New Office Location in Santa Clarita / Valencia Area

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Dec 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new office location in the Santa Clarita / Valencia area, located at 27433 Tourney Road, Suite 150, Valencia, CA 91355. This office is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, so if you wish to schedule a consultation with our firm at our new office, be sure to call us at (661) 945-5868.

Would You Like to Sell Your Real Estate and Increase Your Retirement Income - - Without Paying Any Capital Gains Taxes?

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Dec 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many people are nearing retirement age or are already retired and want to downsize their home after the kids have left the nest or they no longer need or want commercial property they own. Or they just want to use the equity in their properties to help increase their income, but don’t want to take out a mortgage.

CONSUMER WARNING: Do Not Pre-Pay for Trust Administration

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Dec 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

It has come to our attention from a number of members of our community that they have recently been approached and/or marketed by law firms about pre-paying for trust administration services.  These clients are healthy and are in no need of such services, but the appeal is that you can perhaps save money by pre-paying for these services now for your family.

Our Favorite Holiday Traditions

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Nov 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

We asked around the office for members of the Thompson Von Tungeln team to share some of their favorite holiday traditions this time of year.  Below are a few of the team members' favorite traditions and recipes.Kevin Von Tungeln, Managing PartnerOne of my favorite holiday traditions is that my f...

Take Extra Care of Yourself During the Holidays!

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Nov 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

I hesitated writing this piece, but I felt that I owed it to our clients and their loved ones to bring to light a grim and not-so-happy part about the holidays.  It came when I saw an article about how the American Heart Association has reported that there are more heart attacks that happen on ...

“I Am the Person You Don’t Wanna See!”

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Sep 16, 2022 | 1 Comment

By Jennifer Cathcart, Senior Probate Paralegal I can remember my mother always telling me that I should become an attorney and study law, but I was not really sure what I wanted to do when I “grew up”. While attending college at Florida Atlantic University to complete my bachelor's degree in g...

2022 National Estate Planning Awareness

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Sep 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

National Estate Planning Awareness Week is October 17-23, 2022.  This is a week to acknowledge the need and importance of a properly built and maintained estate plan. Helpful Resources: Estate Planning Services Where There's a Will, There's a Probate What is a Conservatorship? What is ...

Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Sep 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Here are some other well-known celebrities who have made some very unfortunate estate planning mistakes. “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince” Died Without a Will. Prince had no estate plan of any kind, leaving his estimated $300 million estate to a Minnesota court to decide how it would be...

Another Celebrity Horror Story in the Making: Lessons from Anne Heche’s Estate

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Sep 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

In August, actress Anne Heche passed away suddenly at the age of 53 after succumbing to injuries she sustained following a horrific car crash in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Anne Heche was best known for her roles in a variety of movies and television shows, including Donnie Brasco (alongside Johnny Depp), Six Days Seven Nights (alongside Harrison Ford), and Men in Trees. Now, following Heche’s tragic death, we have learned that the she died without an estate plan (in other words, she died “intestate”).

Our Summer College Tour

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Aug 17, 2022 | 6 Comments

As shared in prior newsletters, it meant a lot to my father to push the idea of furthering my own education.  He had really wanted to see me not have to go through as much struggle as he did and, for that, I am forever grateful.  I have tried to do the same with my own children, recognizing that ...

20+ Years of Purposeful “Work”

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jul 21, 2022 | 1 Comment

By Sheri DeSantis, Senior Trust Administration Paralegal "If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life." – Marc Anthony These words ring so true as I reflect on almost 21 years working at Thompson | Von Tungeln.  I can remember interviewing with both Mark and Kevin back in 2001...

Trust California?

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jun 28, 2022 | 2 Comments

By Partner, Sonia Chan Lee, Esq. I can still remember Kevin starting a seminar saying “if you don't have an estate plan or living trust in place, that's ok. California has one for you.” While I don't know if I would trust California to handle my family's estate, I am confident that after 25 ye...

Not All Living Trusts Are the Same

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jun 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Don't Fall Victim to the Living Trust Mills When thinking about getting an estate plan, it can be challenging to know and understand what is needed and how much it's going to cost.  For most (not all) people, a Living Trust is the best estate planning option because it is the only one that add...

Why Every 18 Year Old Needs an Estate Plan

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | May 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

You are probably thinking to yourself “Why in the world would my 18-year-old need an estate plan?” Many people assume that an estate plan is only a will or a trust. However, in the state of California, that couldn't be further from the truth. Let's paint the picture:  Tears are falling down your...

Your All-Inclusive Estate Planning Guide

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jan 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

It's true what they say: you can't take it with you. So, what happens to all of your personal possessions and properties when you pass? It's important to take time while you are still alive to start estate planning. What Is An Estate? An estate is the culmination of all possessions owned by someo...

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