Our Approach to Estate Planning
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Our Approach to Estate Planning
Working Closely with Outside Experts
At OC Elder Law, we work closely with other professional advisors, including
Certified Financial Planner™, investment advisors, financial consultants,
insurance professionals, Certified Public Accountants, and tax advisors.
We believe that this team approach provides our clients with the most
comprehensive, realistic, and effective
Our approach starts with providing clients with a short questionnaire and
a welcome kit. We ask our clients to fill out this questionnaire and send
it to us before the first consultation. This not only facilitates a more
productive first meeting but helps our clients focus on the issues and
decisions they must make to develop the most effective plan to meet their goals.
At the initial consultation, we provide the client with our general recommendations
and a quote for the services we will be providing. They will be provided
with a retainer agreement, which they may sign at the meeting or take
with them for review and signature.
During the implementation phase, we maintain ongoing communication with
the client, which may involve obtaining additional documentation, clarifying
goals and information, and discussing options and tradeoffs. We use all
appropriate avenues of communication: phone, email, and in-person meetings.
We firmly believe that ongoing communication is an essential element of
developing an effective plan and building life-long relationships with
We also believe that no client should sign a document without a comprehensive
understanding of its content and the ramifications thereof. To that end,
we dedicate a significant amount of time to the document signing process.
It allows us to explain each section of the plan and answer any questions.
Once documents are signed, we work directly with our clients to ensure
funding. We also keep our clients informed regularly through our seminar
programs and our annual client appreciation reception.
Every professional organization has different processes and different methods
for interacting with clients. We are happy to work within your processes
or blend our respective methodologies. Our primary goal is to serve the
needs of clients and we welcome the opportunity to serve them within the
Joint marketing: We are happy to work with you to speak to your clients or prospects on
estate planning issues, including basic estate planning, charitable giving
strategies, generation-skipping, business succession, or asset protection.
Please call us if you would like to plan a workshop or a client appreciation event.
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Marty Burbank wants to live in a world where children are healthy and safe, where seniors live without fear or pain, and where veterans are cared for and respected. Marty is a featured expert in estate planning and elder law by Forbes and was recognized by the Orange County Register as one of the 100 most influential people in Orange County. He frequently speaks about seniors, our military veterans, their benefits, and the legal issues related to their care and quality of life. Marty has ...
Joshua D. Ramirez received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal State Fullerton. Josh attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he obtained his Juris Doctor and his LLM in Taxation, which he obtained “with distinction.” He has a passion for elder law, as evidenced by him graduating #1 in his elder law class. Josh has a passion for the elderly and families mourning the loss of a loved one. Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and young son, spending the day at the shooting ...
Erlinda Vasquez received her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Loyola Marymount University. In college, Erlinda was involved in many extracurricular activities, including the Harvard Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI). As an LLI Scholar, Erlinda partnered with Harvard Kennedy School to create a community service project in Los Angeles. She later received her juris doctor from Loyola Law School where she discovered her passion for elder law. During her first year of law ...
For more than 25 years, Attorney Bryce Letterman has provided dedicated representation to clients in a wide variety of legal matters. Mr. Letterman assists clients primarily with estate planning and probate. He also has experience in several other areas, including business and civil litigation. His decades of experience in estate planning have ranged from simple wills and powers of attorney through complex planning including Medi-Cal, asset protection, and strategies to maximize the after-tax ...
Tessa Gardner received her bachelor’s degree in international business from Pepperdine University. While studying at Pepperdine, Tessa played lacrosse and developed her philanthropic purpose as a member of Alpha Phi. Tessa later went on to get her juris doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. During her time at law school, Tessa interned for the District Attorney's office in the Family Violence and Cold Case units where her passion for seniors' rights developed. Tessa then ...
Michael has practiced estate planning and trust litigation in California since 1981 except for the few years he took off to sail around the world with his wife on their boat Traveler. He attended USC for his undergraduate studies and earned his J.D. from Western State School of Law.