I grew up in the panhandle part of Florida -- Panama City and Pensacola. I attended... more
I grew up in the panhandle part of Florida -- Panama City and Pensacola. I attended Eckerd College (then known as Florida Presbyterian College) in St. Petersburg, Florida where I was very active in campus activities, such as college goverance, dorm supervision, college public relations. I majored in Philosophy and French.During the summers, I built beach houses in Hatteras, NC. I graduated in 1... view profile
Besides being Board Certified in Elder Law by the American Bar Association and... more
Besides being Board Certified in Elder Law by the American Bar Association and admitted to practice in front of the U.S. Court of Military Appeals since 1982, I have a Graduate Certification from from the Atlanta Institute of Music and am an Accredited Veteran's Administration Attorney. I am an Air Force "brat" and former Captain in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corp (Judge Advocate Gen... view profile
I have specialized in all types of cases in the probate and guardianship division of... more
I have specialized in all types of cases in the probate and guardianship division of the circuit court for over 25 years, and Ienjoy it very much. Client contact is very important to me because I understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one or to have a family member lose their capacity to handle their personal or financial affairs.
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.