Gerald M. Condon, 75, a Santa Monica lawyer who co-wrote a popular book about estate planning, died Aug. 31 at St. John's Hospital after a long battle with lymphoma, his son Jeffrey Condon said.
Gerald Condon used the experiences gathered in 35 years of family inheritance planning in the 1995 book "Beyond the Grave: The Right Way and the Wrong Way of Leaving Money to Your Children (and Others)," written with his son Jeffrey.
Father and son -- of the Santa Monica firm Condon, Condon and Festa -- went on to speak and lead seminars based on the how-to book.
Born Gerald Melvin Cohen in Minneapolis in 1931, he moved with his family first to New Jersey and then, at age 11, to Santa Monica. His parents, Jack and Sadie, had come from Wales and owned restaurants and apartment buildings.