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Estate Planning

Orange County Estate Planning Attorney

Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

It is so important to have your wishes known in a way that prevents confusion, delay, disputes and waste. We encourage the active participation of clients in the estate planning process and work closely with outside accounting, investment, insurance and banking professionals, as client interests dictate. For over twenty (20) years we have met our clients’ needs and provided the highest in professional and personal excellence. See our Client Quotes and see what our clients have said about how easy the process was and the quality of our team – our knowledge, expertise and dedication to them personally and professionally.

Using Basic Estate Planning Tools

Most estates include a comprehensive plan with the following documents:

  • Living Trust
  • Pour Over Will
  • Durable Power of Attorney For Assets
  • Advanced Health Care Directive

Advanced Planning

More advanced planning is sometimes needed because of the size of the estate, the types of assets in the estate or because there are complicated family issues. We use sophisticated estate planning and wealth preservation techniques to assist individuals, families, executives and owners of closely held businesses to preserve and protect their assets and tailor plans to meet each client’s objectives.

Other Types Of Trusts

We counsel clients on estate and tax planning, wealth preservation, multi-generational tax and estate planning, asset protection planning, business succession planning, charitable planning and related legal matters. We assist families in dealing with family legal issues affecting seniors and disabled children or family members with special needs.
These sometimes require other trusts such as:

  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITS)
  • Grantor Retained Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Dynasty Trusts
  • Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTS)
  • Qualified Domestic Trusts (QDOTS)
  • Grandchildren Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts

Other Entities Used In Connection With Trusts

Many individuals and families also need counsel to achieve integration of their business and estate planning objectives, to deal with issues of control, business succession and liquidity and to plan to minimize estate and income taxes and to effectuate our clients’ goals.

  • Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
  • SCorporations
  • Partnerships
  • Family Limited Partnerships

We also create tax-qualified charitable trusts and private foundations and assist clients in advancing their philanthropic interests.

Our Orange County Estate Planning Attorney’s handle all phases of Trust Administration, including probate of estates, collection of estate assets, funding of living trusts, trustee accountings, assist in the preparation of estate tax returns and oversee the distribution of estate assets to beneficiaries. We use appropriate tax planning options to further our clients’ interests.

To discuss your situation, to meet with us or to get your questions answered contact us.

See our Client Quotes to see what our clients have said about our firm’s quality and dedication personally and professionally.

See Our Guarantee and compare it to other firms.

To learn about how we charge legal fees go to Fee Arrangements

Client Quotes

  • Leslie Foote – "Up to date knowledge, always responsive, friendly."
  • Beverly Toy – "Jill is very knowledgeable and practical – Glad we found her."
  • Dirmali Botejue – "Easy access to advice and excellent knowledge on the subject."
  • Don Sheridan – "Honesty, dedication and knowledge. You are truly amazing."
  • Judy Michael – " Your unbelievable knowledge and caring for your clients."
  • Joan McCauley – "Personal attention."
  • David Young – "Appreciate your follow-up."
  • Dietrich Buss – "The expertise on living trusts."
  • Ken Batinovich – "Clear, knowledgeable, pleasing presentation."
  • Robert & Kay Johnson – "Individual personal services from Jillyn and the staff."
  • Verna H. Dougherty – "Very thorough. Great advice and information."
  • Paula Zintl – "Good information about our specific issues with disabled children."
  • Doreen Kaller – "Straight forward information and professional treatment."
  • Josie Togle – "The expertise, knowledgeable, and personable."
  • Annette Batinovich – "You! You are the BEST. You posses a practical expertise."
  • Edward & Susan Conway – "You know the answers to help us."
  • Don Knapp – "Always up to date in these fast paced and volatile times."
  • Carol Netta – "Jillyn's knowledge. Always does a terrific job of explaining everything."
  • Winona Walton – "Thorough and straight forward approach."
  • Ken Carr – "Your sincere honesty makes me feel good! 5 stars!"
  • Joan Karr – "The feelings of being comfortable with having your firm prepare our trust."
  • Gerald McClellan – "Personal interest."
  • Nancy Christian – "Friendly, competent, complete, trustworthy."
  • Andrew F. Washington – "The personalized living trust."
  • Cynthia Carson – "Personal aspect… Listening skills and her responding to my needs."
  • Maureen Turk – "Knowledge & accessibility."
  • Ron Spink – Value your perspective on how personal goals can be met."
  • Bill LaFave – "Professional and knowledgeable."
  • Lynne Spink – "Up to date information and easily understood explanation."
  • Lee Hobbs – "Trust in ability and competence."

Hess-Verdon & Associates
A Professional Law Corp.
(949) 706-7300 FAX (949) 706-7373