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There are many sayings about the alaudidae, or lark, as you are more likely to know it. To be specific, only the horned lark makes North America its home, but to be “happy as a lark,” “carefree as a lark,” “up with the larks,” “on a lark” is to be carefree, whimsical, salubrious, energetic, lighthearted. All characteristic, I discovered, of The LARK Bozeman. A boutique hotel with a unique and vibrant designation, the space focuses its attention on the world beyond its walls - yet never forgets an important interior detail.

With a focus primarily on creating simple yet modern interior rooms that welcome guests for a restful, thoughtfully curated overnight stay it is easy to get up and get out into the city as early as you want. While many hotel properties strive to keep guests on the premises as much as possible, The LARK’s goal is to get you out to explore the environs and find your “perfect adventure.”

DAP lark 5602The custom-designed Map Room will even help you find your way (think USGS maps, a collective work area with access to all the essentials - computer, phone, printer, copier) in an environment as cozy as your favorite coffee shop.

Instead of a concierge, The LARK’s crew genuinely care about this place and the possibilities it holds - “guides” who are excited to help guests navigate the local scene right outside the doors and within easy walking distance to downtown restaurants, bars and shops.

Art 8The Bozeman ethos is defined by quality of experience, not quantity of stuff - a trait that carries throughout the guest experience - from the 67 one-of-a-kind thoughtfully crafted guestrooms to the spacious outdoor walkways, landscaped plaza and covered sitting area with wood burning fireplace - the ideal spot to gather and take in the local scene. Indoors, wall installations in the guestrooms are created by local Montana artists for a truly unique, intriguing local and regional connection. Bonus! Guests are afforded complimentary access to Ridge Athletic, a local Bozeman gym located 10 minutes away.

DAP lark 5455 high resSince Bozeman boasts the fourth-largest cityscape in Montana, there won’t be a shortage of options for the kiddos either. Discover the rich history of the area at the Museum of the Rockies, a world-class cultural and natural history museum renowned for its extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, planetarium shows and changing exhibits from around the world. Our teens were particularly enthralled with the fully-mounted Montana T-Rex skeleton.

Get to know the local bear population at the Montana Grizzly Encounter. Take advantage of seasonal activities like skiing or hiking, with a short ride back to The LARK at the end of the day. Whatever it may be, you won’t be bored. After all, that’s uncharacteristic of the lark.

122 West Main Street
(866) 464-1000

Household cleaners, pesticides, pet dander, dust, pollen, tobacco smoke, mold, bacteria, pathogens and viruses - these are all indoor air pollutants that can make you and your family sick.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the term “Sick Building Syndrome” is used to describe situations in which occupants experience acute health and comfort issues that appear to be linked to time spent in a building with poor air quality. A World Health Organization Committee report suggests that up to 30 percent of new and remodeled structures worldwide may be the subject of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality. Today more than ever we are all looking for ways to make our home and work environment as safe as possible. The first step should be to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe.

A local Orange County company, Puréfi Air Systems offers a one-of-a- kind technology that actively seeks out and neutralizes contaminants and viruses on contact. It does so in the air and on the surfaces, so whether at home or at work – ridding the air of SARS COV-2 (Covid) and other viruses and reducing mold, tobacco smoke, dust, pet dander, chemical particulates and more.

Ineffective air filters only trap these contaminants by way of a HEPA filter – they don’t destroy them. UV light and Bipolar Ionization are passive and slow. ActivePure Technology destabilizes the outer shell of a virus, pollutant, or bacteria and turns them into harmless by-products. This Certified Space Certified Technology can literally clear the air in virtually any setting – from schools to supermarkets, hospitals to hotels, elderly care facilities to fitness centers, the applications are endless.

According to the EPA, energy-efficient homes trap pollutants with indoor levels of pollution two to five - and even occasionally upwards of 100 times higher – than outdoor pollutant levels. The bottom line is – to maintain optimal health, we need to bring clean, safe, outdoor air … indoors. Fresh air energizes you, it boosts your mood, improves your immune system, reduces airborne illness and infection – and now in the time of COVID, keeps particulates at bay – the ActivePure Technology system is proven to clean indoor air the same way Mother Nature cleans outdoor air. Your home or office shouldn’t be without one.

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Call or text Purefi now at (949) 295-9323 to schedule your FREE indoor air test or visit for more information on the scientific evidence behind the technology and the proven efficacy in both clinical studies and real-world settings.

Paradise for Any Season

For most of the world, sun-soaked Southern California holds a special mystique. Temperate weather year-round, and postcard worthy landscapes with rolling hills, breathtaking surf, and the cinematic charm of Hollywoodland itself.

For those of us lucky enough to reside in the region, the mystique can be a bit more localized - a home beach or perfect trail out the back door. Our family loves to "stay-cation" in San Diego and Carlsbad tops the list of favorite locales. Tucked between the white capped Pacific and some of the best golf courses in North America rests one of the most idyllic escapes on the west coast: The Four Seasons Residence Club, Aviara in North San Diego.

AVO 459This stunning property isn't just a resort. It can be anything you make it, really. Business trips, family retreats, friend reunions or romantic getaways all coalesce in casual elegance for an intimate, residential-style luxury "home away from home" experience perfect for short sojourns or lengthier stays (extended stay packages can be customized).

Whether you repose in one of the resort's superior amenity-rich guest rooms or opt to stay in of one of the property's stunning personal villas, the experience will undoubtedly be reflective of the verdant green grounds, Batiquitos Lagoon and crystal blue Pacific.

AVO 895Four Seasons has long been synonymous with luxury. On that front, this resort remains true to the brand. But unlike its traditional hotel properties, this Four Seasons offering consists of residences that allow for a range of options - from ownership to residential stays of virtually any length.

In celebration of spring birthdays, our family of four recently took up residence in what we imagined would be an unrivaled memory-making weekend away - and we weren't disappointed. Our accommodation featured a full kitchen, dining room, spacious bedrooms and plenty of living space to spread out, beautiful lush golf course and garden views and access to all of the resort's amenities including an array of dining choices: destination (Seasons Restaurant), al fresco poolside (Summits Grill or Palmera), in-villa private dining delivery service. For the latter, think customized experiences from artisanally crafted sandwiches to family-style dinners, all conveniently packages to go and ready for enjoyment in the comfort of your villa).

AVO 904Other property features and services? The list is seemingly endless. A pair of sparkling heated pools and whirlpools, skin and body treatments at the full-service Driftwood Spa, two state-of-the-art fitness centers, group yoga, pilates, barre and circuit training classes, playground equipment - a particular delight for parents with littles and a Kids Club (our 13-year-old still loves anything arts and crafts so "Crafty Hour" was a huge hit - she even wore her colorful tie-dye creation to school the following Monday).

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Seasons Restaurant serves as the “culinary epicenter” of the resort guest experience where farm-to-table New Californian cuisine showcases inventive dishes inspired by seasonal and locally sourced ingredients in a setting defined by an abundance of natural light and modern beach-town charm. The service here - and throughout the entire resort - is warm, friendly and highly attentive without being the least bit intrusive.

A team of talented chefs puts a flavorful spin on a traditional favorites - the wagyu burger is enhanced with black garlic aioli, aged white cheddar, bacon onion jam, aru- gula and duck fat herb fries, while the tagliatelle is a perfectly al dente house-made pasta with short rib ragu, whipped ricotta and picked onion.

GetFileAttachmentStrawberries are officially in season and serve as the inspiration for several specialty dishes and craft cocktails. I'm a bit of a sushi snob when sampling sashimi and fish dishes, so trust me when I say the strawberry/chili hamachi crudo appetizer was absolutely divine and worth coming back for. In fact, it was all I could do to not order the dish as an entree and again for dessert. It. Was. That. Good.

Roasted Chicken Strawberry CouliHaving a full kitchen at our disposal made it so easy to whip up meals for a leisurely al fresco breakfast and end of day glass of wine and charcuterie on our private balcony. During the day, we ventured out to pick our own super fresh strawberries at the Carlsbad Strawberry Co. and then over to the famous Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch where nearly 50 acres of blooming Giant Tecolote Rananculus transforms the rolling hills into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty.

Land and sea activities were on the itinerary - next stop: Agua Hedionda Lagoon, where we rented a Runabout Bayliner from Josh at Carlsbad Watersports ( for a fun, fast aquatic adventure (other motorized watercraft rentals include pontoon boats, craigcats, funcats and two-person mini-boats). Looking for a more leisurely day on the water? Rent a kayak, standup paddleboard, aquacycle or Swan peddle boat.

AVO 922The choice is yours to make: stay in bed all day surrounded by coastal luxury or sign up for an open-air yoga class or tee time. Make vacationing effortless with their pre-arrival Concierge, and find your villa stocked with food and drinks, ready for the family to pile in and relax.

image22222This postcard perfection is only a short drive from Orange County - straight down the shoreline. Why wait? When the rest of the world is thinking of vacationing, and you could be living the actual dream, the mystique alongside your loved ones. Stay as long as you’d like.

The Fastest Growing E-Bike Company in Dana Point

Quite a lot of us are staying closer to home when we decide to venture out, and Doheny
Bike has adapted its entire business to stay with its customer every step of the way.

Emerging as the fastest-growing e-bike company in Dana Point, it’s by design that Jason Spates and his team have expanded their offerings, grown in their community presence, and are actively giving back.

Folks are looking for an easy way to stay active and see the neighborhood. Luckily, Doheny Bike has the local intel, and a unique “fold-n-go” bike which can easily get you to the beach, the trail, or wherever your minivan, camper converted pickup, or RV will take you. Many of us are pretty familiar with the trails, tracks, beaches, and backyard eateries within few miles of our homes or offices. While it takes a bit of imagination to figure out what you might do with kiddos who have been relatively cooped up for the past couple of years, it takes almost no time at all to sort out that two wheels on a compact frame can get you and your family virtually any amount of freedom you desire: in a community you already know and love.

DohenyBike Grey 9103With a battery ready for up to 35 miles and a 7-speed Shimano Derailleur, you can take on all sorts of terrain with speed and style. The pedal-assist feature lets riders achieve top speeds of up to 28 mph, which makes an easy jaunt to the grocery store or a ride down to the boardwalk simple and stress-free. Doheny has all the accessories you might need for a tour around town, down to the helmet and compact duffel bag. Access, mobility, personal freedom, and unrestricted travel have never been so close at hand.

“The Fold N’ Go design provides a solution for buyers that want to travel in smaller cars with electric bikes and ultimately extend their outdoor adventures.”

The demand to get outdoors and on the road is fueling the drive toward recreational activities in across the country, and e-bikes are running away with the market with a projected growth rate of close to 11% over the next few years, marching right along with a booming housing market and burgeoning infrastructure development.

DohenyBike mint green 9544 1Targeting not only recent retirees, but enthusiasts of all ages looking to stay active, get outside or simply prefer to tool around town on an E-bike - the evolved and infinitely more exciting electric iteration of the traditional two-wheeler.

While E-bike purveyors are seemingly on every corner, few have experienced the explosion in interest and growth locally like Doheny Bike - the fastest growing E-bike company in Dana Point.

This is perhaps due in large measure to the popularity, versatility, utility and affordability of the company’s Fold N’ Go collection - available in a array of colors and profiles. But undoubtedly in equal measure is the mission of its ownership to “give back to the community.”

image 50444545As Southern California natives who were lucky enough to have lived near the world-famous Doheny Beach surf spot their entire lives, Jason and Micah are now a couple of local dads who recognized the opportunity to “give back, to contribute to our community that shaped our childhood, and it felt natural to encourage mobility and personal freedom. Our freedom was nearly unlimited as kids in the 1970’s and 80’s - we wanted our own kids to be as mobile as we were.”

The idea of access and freedom have long been associated with the bicycle, and because Doheny Bike believes in sending its patrons out on adventures to places unknown where they might not have ventured before, they set out to provide an affordable solution for everyday mobility.

DohenyBike Boys GLOSSY BLACK“With the average buyer’s budget in mind, we wanted a functional riding experience that is not trendy, awkward and limited to your hometown,” says Micah. “Creating the agility of the Fold N’ Go anywhere design, we have provided a solution to buyers that want to travel in a smaller car with electric bikes and ultimately extend their outdoor adventures.”

As parents, Jason and Micah stress the importance of safety, and encourage all riders to be over 16, along with the importance of sizing the bike out, wearing a helmet, and meeting minimum requirements to ride the bikes safely on the road.

DohenyBike Girls CORAL“It should be fun, but we’re also thinking beyond fun, to community, individual expression, and the ability to remain mobile.” On a single charge, you can ride up to 50 miles. Put a basket on the back and you’re ready for the store or farmer’s market. “I wanted something better than traffic in my car and I just knew that the options I had to help my community needed to be affordable and reliable.”

With a background in commercial truck leasing and loans, and an early pandemic ride on his nephew’s electric scooter, genius was born. “There’s something about being out in the fresh air that made a great start to the day.” The recent cycling boom couldn’t agree more.

Doheny Bike
34163 Pacific Coast Hwy. #100
Dana Point
(949) 427-3305

I have to admit - I’m pretty particular when it comes to deciding where to go for dinner on date night, out for a family meal or simply stepping out to enjoy a glass of fine wine and live entertainment after work. Lucky for me, I live in San Juan and am only a stone’s throw from a popular eatery that dishes up all this and delicious Italian cuisine to boot: Brio Tuscany Grille.

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This place isn’t the kind of establishment that has huge, bedazzled lights pointing to it with acrobatic sign holders out front. This restaurant respects itself in a quaint location at 24050 Camino Del Avion in Dana Point. If you didn’t know about it, you might miss it driving by. But after you read this, I guarantee you’ll make it a point to seek it out.

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For starters, the Antipasto Italiano Platter arrives with an array of flavorful favorites - Prosciutto di Parma, artisan salame, fresh buffalo mozzarella, Tuscan olives, grilled artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers and toasted ciabatta bread. Yum! A seafood aficionado? Try the Mare Platter which is made for sharing: Buttermilk battered calamari fritti, seared Ahi tuna and blue shrimp scampi.

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I love the wood-fired pizzas here. They don’t make deep-dish-American-football-sweatpants pizza. No. They serve handmade, thin, crispy, flaky crust pizza. I had the Con Carne Pizza - a meat lover’s dream topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, Brio house-made meatball and mozzarella cheese. You know, the kind of pie you sip wine with, reflecting on the old country while a hot steam of freshness rises poetically around you. Or, as others put it: one heck of a tasty pizza.

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For heartier appetites, I recommend the USDA Prime Cut filet mignon dusted with fresh herbs and cooked to perfection with a hearty Barolo wine reduction and fresh herbed butter, and favorites like the Rigatoni Casa Brio characterized by grilled chicken breast, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, baby spinach, cremini mushrooms, sweet baby peas and fresh basil topped with fresh buffalo mozzarella.

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Brio Tuscany Grille has an incredible selection of fine wines (and a full premium bar), great nightly specials and the kind of attentive-yet-unobtrusive service that makes any meal that much more enjoyable. Visit for their menu and catering options or call (949) 443-1476 for reservations. You won’t be disappointed!

Though the groundhog warned us about eight more weeks of winter, the fact remains that spring is on its way. And with the change of seasons always comes an exciting time in food - especially at your favorite restaurants.

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My favorite go-to for a fine dining night out is Laguna Beach’s own award-winning Selanne Steak Tavern. Located in an exquisitely charming historic 1934 home on PCH the tavern is known for its delicious seasonal fare: locally farmed and fished so you get the freshest entrees and sides imaginable - from succulent steaks and chops, superb poultry, game and seafood, artisan cocktails, beers and for a burgeoning oenophile like me, selections from a singularly impressive 2,750-bottle wine list with a focus on California cult wines and other highly rated, world-class vintages).

The Chef's Cut

On a recent evening out, my husband and I indulged in an opulent gourmet experience defined by standout cuisine, stellar service (hyper-attentive yet unobtrusive) and an elegant setting.

Thinking of the Farmer’s Market Soup (creamy artichoke with pear on this night), the divine melt-in-your-mouth Pacific Diver Scallops accompanied by cauliflower and picked shemeji mushroom), or their Scarlet Beet Root “Ravioli” - a pastaless take enhanced with artisanal goat cheese and hazelnut vinaigrette are enough to get my tastebuds watering. But what a treat to experience the incredible food and locale at once.

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My strictly meat-and-potatoes husband opted for the cooked-to-perfection Cedar River Farms hand-cut filet mignon accompanied by smoked trumpet mushroom and cipolinni garnish, truffle butter and bordelaise. Although I typically lean toward seafood, I happily opted for a new nightly special called “The Chef’s Cut” - a rotating offering of exceptional entrees using not as well-known cuts of meats. The resulting dishes - like the Brazilian Picanha Steak (juicy, tender and succulent) - allow Chef Vince Terusa and his team to create something fun and flavorful for guests that are reflective of global cultures and cuisines.

Take your pick from any of the classic or seasonal dishes, sip of the curated wine list - and keep coming back for more. Winter, spring, summer or fall: there’s a taste for every season.

Selanne Steak Tavern
1464 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach
(949) 715-9881

There’s a specific kind of joy in that first sip of a good Guinness. Brewed first in Ireland in 1759, the authentic flavor and distinctive look upon pouring it straight from a tap makes it one of the most recognizable beers on the planet. Its reputation, like that of Dublin 4 Gastropub, is unmatched.

IMG 1824The family vegetable garden in County Mayo was where the food grew: really good food. The idea of fare that was not fresh caught, plucked, or picked became as foreign to executive chef David Shofner and his team as a pint of Guinness without its signature foamy double-poured head.

Dublin 4 opened its doors ten years ago this past St. Patrick’s Day, and are still offering farm-to-table, chef-driven, flavorful dishes. Relax, take advantage of the finest cocktails or even a whiskey tasting, and sink into an authentic draught: delicious on tap.

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As it happens, my husband’s ancestry harkens back to County Galway, so he’s pretty partial to all things Irish while I fancy myself a fledgling foodie. A night out in “Dublin” seemed to be an ideal destination for a recent date night and our experience more than delivered.

The charred brussels sprouts with chorizo bilbao, maple dijon vinaigrette and citrus zest paired with Guiness brown bread slathered with whipped butter and clover honey was a flavorful start.

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The diners at the next table raved about their cottage pie (a dish I imagine to be a delicious rendition of an Irish staple) and fabled fried chicken accompanied by jalapeno cheddar cornbread and smoked bacon collard greens.

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For our part, my husband opted for the mouthwatering D4 Gastro Burger topped with aged Irish cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, grilled onions and roasted garlic aioli while I indulged in the pan-roasted salmon with celery root puree, blistered heirloom tomatoes and caramelized shallot.

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We’ll definitely be back for another date night, but were happy to discover that we could also lunch in Dublin any Wednesday to Sunday. Perhaps we’ll even bring our teenage kids with us next time for another scrumptiously inventive culinary adventure.

Dublin 4 Gastropub
26342 Oso Parkway
Mission Viejo
(949) 582-0026

The cancer center will be the most advanced in the region, purposefully designed to be high touch AND high tech.

Patients will receive exceptional, compassionate care from world-renowned cancer experts. They will benefit from innovations designed to get them back to their lives sooner and that make their care experience easier and more convenient. The NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, opening this year in Irvine, will provide access to more than 400 physicians and 1,000 researchers and scientists solely focused on curing cancer.

Distinguishing services include a clinical research center offering access to phase 1 to 3 trials, an outpatient center offering diagnostic imaging and screenings, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology and much more.

“People facing cancer need access to the most advanced therapies for their specific type of cancer,” said Dilruba Haque, M.D., a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at City of Hope Newport Beach Lido and City of Hope Irvine Sand Canyon. “This advanced technology helps our highly specialized physicians bring the newest and best treatment options to patients who need them today.”

Here’s a glimpse of some of the innovations coming to Lennar Foundation Cancer Center:

Fast and Accurate Therapeutic Technology

Lennar Foundation Cancer Center will utilize the most advanced technology for diagnosing and treating cancer, helping our physicians provide exactly the right treatment at the right time.

Shown here arriving at the cancer center is City of Hope’s new Magnetom Vida, Siemens’ most advanced MRI scanner. The system harnesses a 3 tesla-strength magnet, a pull that is thousands of times that of the earth’s, to provide highly detailed images.

“This leading-edge technology is faster and produces higher quality images than other MRI systems,” said Jessica Patel, City of Hope Orange County’s director of diagnostic radiology. “It gives our physicians a clear, non-invasive way to view vital structures in the patient’s body and enhances our diagnostic capabilities both before and after cancer treatment. Advanced imaging techniques like these can also be used to guide or in some cases even avoid a biopsy.”

Robotic Surgery

The benefits of robotic surgery include speedier recovery and a quicker return to normal life. Lennar Foundation Cancer Center will offer minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery as its highly skilled surgeons utilize a da Vinci surgical system.

The latest robotic machines add an astounding level of precision. 3D video screens enable surgeons to see more (even around corners), while ultra-miniature instruments are guided to remove the smallest, most awkwardly located tumors no human hand could ever reach.

City of Hope Orange County’s highly specialized cancer care is available now, near you. To make an appointment at any of our four Orange County locations, call:

Newport Beach Fashion Island: (949) 763-2204
Newport Beach Lido:
(949) 999-1400
Irvine Sand Canyon:
(949) 333-7580
Huntington Beach:
(714) 252-9415

While the robotic arms may look straight out of a futuristic movie, they give highly trained and skilled surgeons the added benefits of technology that helps extend their capabilities.

There’s more in store as the future of cancer medicine arrives in Orange County. As the future unfolds, we’ll make sure high tech AND high touch are two things patients can count on throughout their journey at City of Hope.


In California, you generally have the foIIowing two options regard ing your estate: (1) you IeI the government decide what happens to your assets (in which case, costly probate is usually involved); or (2) you take full control of what happens to your assets (and avoid costly probate entirely).

In the following, I address the most common questions that I receive as an estate planning lawyer.

How much is probate and why do I want to avoid it?

The cost of probate is set by statute in California under Probate code § 10810 and is based on your gross estate (which could equate toa small fortune). This statutory fee is payable to your personal representative as well as to the attorney. Aside from the actual cost of probate, the length of time to administer and close probate usually takes overa year but can take multipIe years in some circumstances.

If you have no plan, you'll have no say and the gov'ernment will decide on your behalf

Failure to plan means your estate will default to the California plan under the Probate Code. Even if you had certain independent authority to administer a decedent's estate, the court must approve certain transactions including the estate's final distribution.

Said differently, your family will be at the mercy of the court.

I have a will. Isn't that enough?

Most people believe a will is the answer, but unfortunately a will alone does not avoid probate. A will allows you to control how your property is distributed but the will still needs to be probated. Another important aspect about wills you should keep in mind, is that wills are only effective after your death. If you become incapacitated, your will provides no protection with respect to your financial affairs or medical decisions.

So, in addition to a will, what else do you recommend?

A trust. Even witha small estate, a trust helps you avoid the headache and non-confidential process of probate. A trust allows for planning during incapacity and gives immediate control of your trust assets to your successor trustee. A trust also allows you to maintain control over your property and distribution to your family. Families with young children may not want their children to inherit their share of the estate at 18. A trust allows parents to control the distribution to their respective spouse or children for a sum of years or age of the beneficiary.

Setting Up a Trust is Faster, Easier and More Affordable Than Most People Think

Is it difficult and time consuming to set upa trust?

Getting a trust set up can be completed in just a few short weeks and requires very little time on your part but there are a few traps you will want to avoid when considering your options.

What are the traps I should avoid when setting up my trust?

It can be tempting to use an inexpensive website to generate a seemingly “simple” trust for your estate plan. Over the years, we have worked with countless clients that have gone this route. Without fail, these plans are almost never in line with our clients' actual goals or expectations and can have significant negative tax implications or other unforeseen liabilities. This is often due to a question within the generic online questionnaire either not being fully understood, answered incorrectly, or an important question was simply never posed.

What is the safest way to set up my trust?

Using an estate planning attorney.

Does it matter what attorney I hire?

Yes! The majority of attorneys that provide bargain planning set up cookie-cutter products with the sole goal of avoiding probate. This is obviously a start but almost always falls short of our clients' expectations. Often, corners are cut relating to taxes, as set allocation, succession, child guardianship, and more intimate legacy planning.

What makes you different?

LS Carlson Law understands that there i s no “one-size- fits-al I” approach to estate planning. Your assets, children, wishes, and needs are unique to your situation, which is why it is critical to devise a plan specific to your circumstances. Getting this wrong could unravel your objectives and be extremely costly. We also understand needs change over the years and are active in making sure your plan remains in line with your current goals. Our team also works to minimize tax exposure and knows what it takes to minimize your liability both now and upon any asset transfer. Simple or complex, we will ensure your estate plan holds up when it matters most.

How do I consult with you?

Easy — simply call our office and schedule a complimenatry consultation with me. During this meeting, I can determine what plan is best for you and your family.


Linda Honey Esq. isa California- based attorney who practices exclusively in the area of trusts, wills , estate planning, and succession planning with special expertise in advising high net worth individuals and administering taxable estates, including the preparation and review of estate tax returns. Ms.

Honey has an LL.M in Taxation and has drafted, planned, and administered various irrevocable trusts, such as special needs trusts, charitable remainder trusts, intentionally defective grantor trusts, GST trusts, and irrevocable life insurance trusts. She currently heads the Estate Planning division at LS Carlson Law, PC,a law firm headquartered in Aliso Viejo.

City of Hope is answering a call to provide highly specialized cancer care to Orange County, delivering innovative clinical trials, pioneering treatments, nationally recognized compassionate care, and top clinical experts to treat even the most aggressive cancers.

Because when you have cancer, you want everything possible to treat it, especially hope.

Among City of Hope’s extraordinary cancer experts are the physicians recognized by Orange County Medical Association as Physicians of Excellence for 2022.

  • Nishan Tchekmedyian, M.D. – Recently named Regional Medical Director for City of Hope Orange County, Dr. Tchekmedyian is a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist who has led innovative research in immunotherapy for advanced prostate cancer and a new targeted therapy for a rare mutation seen in lung and other cancers. Dr. Tchekmedyian has received numerous honors for his research and high-quality, patient-focused care. He practices at City of Hope Huntington Beach and City of Hope Irvine Sand Canyon.
  • Hang T. Dang, D.O., FACOS, FACS – Dr. Dang is a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist with aesthetic fellowship experience who focuses on the treatment of benign and malignant breast diseases at City of Hope Newport Beach Fashion Island. Dr. Dang provides high-quality, patient-focused and personalized cancer care. She has significant experience educating women about breast cancer and is active in numerous professional organizations. 
  • Wade Smith, M.D. - Dr. Smith is a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in breast cancer treatment and is the Director of Clinical Research at City of Hope Newport Beach Fashion Island. He is an expert in immunotherapy, especially for the treatment of chemotherapy-resistant breast and other cancers. Dr. Smith is a frequent speaker on metastatic breast cancer and remains heavily involved in educating his community on breast cancer awareness/early detection.

Lennar Foundation Cancer Center

City of Hope is redefining the delivery of advanced cancer care as its Irvine cancer center nears completion. Lennar Foundation Cancer Center will be a focal point for innovation, providing patients access to the expertise of more than 400 physicians and 1,000 researchers and scientists who are focused on one thing – ending cancer.

The comprehensive cancer center and academic center will offer unmatched expertise in treatment and research. Distinguishing services include access to highly specialized cancer care experts, Phase I–III clinical trials, an array of treatment options for eradicating the most aggressive cancers, highly targeted genomics, precision medicine, and nationally recognized supportive care programs.

Orange County’s only specialty cancer hospital exclusively focused on treating and curing cancer will open at the Irvine site in 2025.

In addition to the cancer campus, City of Hope is developing a care network that expands access to its services. City of Hope’s four current clinical locations – two in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Irvine, already deliver many advanced treatments to Orange County residents.

To make an appointment at any of City of Hope’s four Orange County locations, call:
Newport Beach Fashion Island: (949) 763-2204
Newport Beach Lido:
(949) 999-1400
Irvine Sand Canyon:
(949) 333-7580
Huntington Beach: (714) 252-9415

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Savor Handmade Moments  at North Italia

Savory is one of those words that gets tossed around indiscriminately. I suppose the synonyms are a bit lacklus...

Destination Dining. Gema

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Destination Dining. Gema

The tastes emerging from downtown San Clemente’s new contemporary Mexican restaurant Gema are influenced by i...

City of Hope Orange County Receives $25 Million Gift from Argyros Family

Finance Sorbet Mag

City of Hope Orange County Receives $25 Million Gift from Argyros Family

The transformational gift was announced at the 2022 Hope Gala featuring Nick Jonas Visionary philanthropist Ju...

Park Hyatt Aviara. An Unforgettable 5-Star Luxury Coastal Escape

Travel Jody Robinson

Park Hyatt Aviara. An Unforgettable 5-Star Luxury Coastal Escape

I’m not going to lie. I just tried mezcal for the first time this year. It reminded me of bonfires on camping...

Dynamic Duo - A Lifelong Friendship Continues at The Covington in Aliso Viejo

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Dynamic Duo - A Lifelong Friendship Continues at  The Covington in Aliso Viejo

In the 1950s, Bobbie Riddell loved to play volleyball on Laguna Beach. Every chance she got, Bobbie was down by...

55+ Residents Enjoy an Innovative Approach to Single-Level Living at Rancho Mission Viejo

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55+ Residents Enjoy an Innovative Approach to Single-Level Living at Rancho Mission Viejo

From its scenic South Orange County hilltop location, Rancho Mission Viejo offers a wide variety of new homes, ...

City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center Is Now Open

Health & Wellness Sorbet Mag

City of Hope Orange County  Lennar Foundation Cancer Center  Is Now Open

The Irvine cancer center is home to a team of cancer-fighting physician-scientists assembled from across the co...

Casa Velas - Puerto Vallarta, Your Secret Adults Only Oasis

Travel Jody Robinson

Casa Velas - Puerto Vallarta, Your Secret Adults Only Oasis

I’ve always had a case of wanderlust and my husband, Tim, was a seasoned traveler long before I met him, so w...

Your Home Care. Because Home is Where the Heart is

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Your Home Care. Because Home is  Where the Heart is

For the majority of seniors living in California, quality of life equates to living at home. A recent AARP su...

Investing in Gold, Silver + Bullion with the

Finance Jody Robinson

Investing in Gold, Silver + Bullion with the

One of the perks of my job as a magazine editor is being able to interview entrepreneurs in a wide variety of i...

French Bee. A New Way of Flying Nonstop Los Angeles to Paris

Travel Jody Robinson

French Bee. A New Way of Flying Nonstop Los Angeles to Paris

After the past few years of waiting to again take to the skies, our family was thrilled to learn that France ha...

CFR Patio. Outdoor Furniture Restoration

Business Showcase Jody Robinson

CFR Patio. Outdoor Furniture Restoration

Highly Custom, Exceptional Quality In Southern California, our backyards and patio are often viewed as an exte...

Cefali & Cefali, APC. Trusted Accident Attorneys for the Most Serious Injuries

Business Showcase Jody Robinson

Cefali & Cefali, APC. Trusted Accident Attorneys for the Most Serious Injuries

It’s a remarkable feeling when you can find someone to take your side. In relationships, sports: you name it...

First West Coast Park Based on the Iconic Sesame Street Show

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

First West Coast Park Based on the Iconic Sesame Street Show

This all-new park is sure to be the must-visit destination for any time of the year with a perfect mixture of w...

Make a Splash this Summer at the Bahia Resort and Catamaran Resort in San Diego's Mission Bay

Travel Sorbet Mag

Make a Splash this Summer  at the Bahia Resort and  Catamaran Resort in San Diego's Mission Bay

This summer, escape to the sparkling shores of Mission Bay, San Diego’s 4,600-acre aquatic playground, featur...

Elam’s Hallmark Christmas in July at Your Neighborhood Gift Store!

Entertainment Jody Robinson

Elam’s Hallmark Christmas in July at Your Neighborhood Gift Store!

I might be dating myself here, but I much prefer handwritten greetings to electronic missives. Whether it arriv...

New Orleans Family-Friendly Fun in the Big Easy

Travel Jody Robinson

New Orleans Family-Friendly Fun  in the Big Easy

When someone says “festival season” to me, the one of the first things that comes to mind is Coachella. But...

Finding Home Within and Without. The Lark Bozeman

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Finding  Home Within and Without. The Lark Bozeman

There are many sayings about the alaudidae, or lark, as you are more likely to know it. To be specific, only th...

Health & Wellness

Dynamic Duo - A Lifelong Friendship Continues at  The Covington in Aliso Viejo

Dynamic Duo - A Lifelong Friendship Continues at The Covington in Aliso Viejo

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City of Hope Orange County  Lennar Foundation Cancer Center  Is Now Open

City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center Is Now Open

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Law: Estate Planning

A Matter of Life & Death

A Matter of Life & Death

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Be in The Know:  Home Sellers Have Options

Be in The Know: Home Sellers Have Options

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