I received both my undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. I have been a member of the Florida bar since 2004. I began my legal career as a prosecutor at the... more
I received both my undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. I have been a member of the Florida bar since 2004. I began my legal career as a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office in Orlando, where I focused on Domestic Violence Sex Crimes. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, I taught at Florida Coastal School of Law. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Marriage and ... 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.