Ihave been practicing law since 1972 and have been practicing exclusively in the... more
Ihave been practicing law since 1972 and have been practicing exclusively in the Trusts and Estates area since 1986.I counsel clients in estate planning, trust administration, probate, and elder law, including public benefits planning.I generally handle 300 to 400 new cases each year and often serve as an expert witness in litigated trust and estate matters. I am head ofmy firms seven-attorney ... view profile
Helping families achieve the best solutions during difficult times. The Law Offices... more
Helping families achieve the best solutions during difficult times. The Law Offices of Gary D. Sparks is a full-service family law, divorce and estate planning (and soon-to-include probate) law practice dedicated to helping clients and their families resolve difficult and emotional legal issues during some of the most challenging times in life. Attorney Gary D. Sparks is a graduate o... 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.