Christopher Albence is the founding member and managing partner of the firm of... more
Christopher Albence is the founding member and managing partner of the firm of Albence Associates, APC, established in 1994. Mr. Albence's practice concentrates on wills, trusts, probate, elder law, and advocacy for senior citizen's legal rights. He is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Mr. Albence's first legal position was as an associate a... view profile
D. Robert Dieringer is an attorney with the San Diego Elder Law Center. He is a... more
D. Robert Dieringer is an attorney with the San Diego Elder Law Center. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, and received his BA from Colgate University, cum laude. Robert's professional memberships include the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Legal Information Network of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), the Life Care Plan... view profile
James Sexton did not set out to be a lawyer, having graduated from Vanderbilt... more
James Sexton did not set out to be a lawyer, having graduated from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee with degrees in Business Administration and Sociology. Once a world-class swimmer who qualified for the boycotted 1980 Olympics, Mr. Sexton also spent three years working in marketing for a major textbook company. Finding his calling for law, he graduated in 1990 from the California Western Sch... view profile
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.