Attorney Cristi L. Michelon practices in the areas of business, real estate,... more
Attorney Cristi L. Michelon practices in the areas of business, real estate, landlord tenant, trust litigation, and general civil litigation. Known for her strong client service skills, the clarity of her advice and straightforward legal approach, Cristi frequently serves small businesses as their on-call house council.br br Cristi is the former President of Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, former ... view profile
Mr. Dana F. Longo graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1993 with degrees in biology and... more
Mr. Dana F. Longo graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1993 with degrees in biology and legal studies, and earned his law degree from California Western School of Law in 1997. Initially employed with the Office of the District Attorney for the County of San Diego, Bureau of Child Support Enforcement, Mr. Longo joined the firm in 1998. His practice now focuses on Wills, Trusts, and other aspects of... 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.