John T. Griffin is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in Elder Law. Mr.... more
John T. Griffin is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in Elder Law. Mr. Griffin is a partner in the law firm of Griffin Griffin. Mr. Griffin practices in the area of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianship, VA Benefits, Medicaid Planning, Asset Protection, Elder Law Litigation and Special Needs Planning. Mr. Griffin is licensed to practice law in Florida. Mr. Griffins prof... view profile
David was born and raised in Southern New England. He has lived in Sarasota since... more
David was born and raised in Southern New England. He has lived in Sarasota since 1991. He focuses his practice on helping individuals, families and business owners develop and implement plans to achieve their unique goals and objectives. Individuals, families and business owners have different planning needs. Each will be concerned with bringing order to their affairs as well as passing... view profile
F. Gant McCloud is an experienced, Board Certified estate planning attorney and a... more
F. Gant McCloud is an experienced, Board Certified estate planning attorney and a shareholder of Kirk-Pinkerton, P.A., which has been serving the Sarasota community with distinction since 1926. Gant specializes in the practice areas of estate planning, taxation, estate administration, probate, and trust administration. He also assists clients with business succession planning and related b... 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.