I followed my wife to the Central Valley when we decided to return to her hometown... more
I followed my wife to the Central Valley when we decided to return to her hometown of Bakersfield. I was nervous about leaving Southern California, but have since realized it was one of the best decisions of my life. It was a matter of months before I was saying Hi to acquaintances each time I left the house. (I did not take this for granted after leaving Los Angeles.) Since then I have deepene... view profile
I am a small town lawyer specializing in door law - whatever walks in the door that... more
I am a small town lawyer specializing in door law - whatever walks in the door that is interesting, challenging, and pays. My practice focuses on real estate and business law, including civil litigation. I have successfully negotiated more wind energy lease agreements on behalf of private landowners than any attorney in the state. My knowledge of the wind industry includes everything from l... view profile
I joined KDG as an attorney in its estate planning department in January 2006, after... more
I joined KDG as an attorney in its estate planning department in January 2006, after specializing in estate planning at a small law firm in Los Angeles, and, before that, working for almost six years in estate planning and litigation at a large Wall Street law firm in New York City. Having worked for a number of years at a very small firm and at a very large firm, I have found KDG to off... 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.