Professional Summary Jaclyn is an Associate Attorney at McDowall Cotter, APC. Her... more
Professional Summary Jaclyn is an Associate Attorney at McDowall Cotter, APC. Her primary focus involves trust and estate administration and counseling individuals, families, trustees, corporations and limited liability companies in legal matters pertaining to Estate Planning and wealth preservation. Jaclyn also counsels small businesses regarding employment law, business succession plan... view profile
Bob has been practicing law in San Mateo since 1982. He is a native of the peninsula.... more
Bob has been practicing law in San Mateo since 1982. He is a native of the peninsula. Interests include rowing, tennis and soccer when he is not practicing law. Bob is married to Chris Vale. The couple has one child, Harrison, who currently attends Berkeley.
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.