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I founded Practical Plans (, an online estate planning business that makes estate planning more readily available to clients who do not need the tax planning services offered in traditional law firm planning. The interactive site allows clients to participate in the planning process, lowering the cost of a customized estate plan while educating clients who trust themselves to make the best choices for their families.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    19 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Trusts: 50%
    19 years, 1.25 thousand cases



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  • Jennifer E. Lefton

    I whole-heartedly endorse Mark Powell, he is an incredible attorney and an even better human being. Mark devotes countless hours to helping others and selflessly contributes many hours to numerous non profit organizations. Mark's dedication to his clients is only surpassed by his formidable legal knowledge and capabilities.


    Jennifer Lefton Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Curtis Mark Kaiser

    I have a tremendous amount respect for Mark Powell, who has served as a mentor as well as a friend and colleague to me over the past six years. Mark knows EVERYONE in the Orange County estate planning community and I've yet to hear a bad word said about him. He's talented at making introductions between people who should meet -- some of my closest friends and colleagues in the estate planning field are people I've met because of Mark. He has particular expertise in charitable planning and foundations (he teaches the subject at Chapman's LLM program) and he is currently exploring ways to deliver efficient planning techniques to a broader spectrum of clients through Practical Plans. We've worked together on a handful of cases and I think he brings a welcome pragmatic approach to problem solving in the estate planning arena. I highly recommend Mark!


    Curtis Kaiser Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Practical Plans

410 Broadway, Suite 150
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probat LawState Bar of California Board of Legal SpecializationN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPractical Plans2010 - Present
AttorneyAlbrecht & Barney2007 - 2015
Adjunct ProfessorChapman Law School2007 - 2013
AttorneySnell & Wilmer, LLP Law Offices2005 - 2006
AttorneyFreeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP2000 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Estate Planning CouncilN/AN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellowN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate planningN/A
Estate tax planningN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Can We Get There From Here?N/A
California Trust & Estate QuarterlyNavigating the New Domestic Partner Rules,N/A
Senior ConsultantCan Distributions Be Made from Underwater Endowments?N/A
Journal of AccountancyThe Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax: A Quick GuideN/A
CalCPA Education FoundationFundamentals of Gift TaxN/A
Trusts & EstatesWould They Do it Anyway? How to Make Sure Your Client Understands When a Private Foundation is Right for Him and His Family – And When it is NotN/A
Probate and Property magazine (ABA)Terminating or Reorganizing a Private FoundationN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of GeorgiaN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
USC Tax InstituteGift Tax Returns: Preparation and AuditsN/A
CalCPAFundamentals of Gift TaxN/A