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“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...

The 5 Main Types of Trusts

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Dec 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

We want to know we did everything to help take care of our loved ones when we pass. Taking the time to build a thorough and thoughtful trust can help secure your legacy and provide for your family after you are gone. This blog will break down the five most popular kinds of trusts. Revocable Livi...

Benefits of a Revocable Living Trust

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Sep 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

While a will is a very popular method of passing an estate to one's beneficiaries, a revocable living trust is arguably a better option. Our California estate planning team tells you everything you need to know about this useful tool below. What is a Revocable Living Trust? A revocable trust is e...

Trusts vs. Wills: What May Be Best For You

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jul 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Trusts and wills are both estate planning tools that essentially allow someone to designate what happens to their property when they pass away. While they might seem similar at first glance, they are implemented quite differently. Our Lancaster estate planning team tells you everything you need t...

What Makes Power of Attorney so Useful

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jun 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint a person or organization to manage your property, financial, or medical affairs if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. However, there are several types of power of attorney that work to achieve separate goals. Below,...

The Probate Process and How You Can Avoid It

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Apr 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Unfortunately, when people think about estate planning, they often think first or only of a Will. Even in mainstream media, they most often talk about a Will, that so and so is being “cut out of the Will”, or some well-known celebrity's Will is being contested or fought over by a spouse or distan...

What Efficient Trust Administration Looks Like

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Feb 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Being designated to manage or administer the assets of a trust or succeeding a trust can be a heavy burden to bear. Below, we offer guidance as to what responsibilities a trust administrator holds, as well as ways to better perform these duties. What is Trust Administration? Trust administration ...

Your All-Inclusive Estate Planning Guide 2021

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jan 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Planning your estate is one of the biggest steps you can take to safeguard the future of your loved ones. Even though a last will and testament can succeed in transferring assets to heirs and beneficiaries, they are not able to avoid issues found in probate, estate taxes, or protect your interest...

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