I am an estate planning and probate attorney practicing law in Southern California.... more
I am an estate planning and probate attorney practicing law in Southern California. I handle many areas related to estate planning including drafting wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, advance health care directives. I handle all matters involving trust administration, probate and otherwise assisting clients with matters involving the loss of a loved one. I also handle routine and comp... view profile
I went to law school because I always dreamed of helping the people around me and... more
I went to law school because I always dreamed of helping the people around me and making a difference in people’s lives. However, I quickly learned that in reality most law firms had become nothing more than focused on the billable hour, paperwork, and complete disconnect from clients. I knew that this wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to connect with clients, be someone they could trust and... 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.