Admitted to Illinois Bar in June 2013 after moving to the greater Chicago area from... more
Admitted to Illinois Bar in June 2013 after moving to the greater Chicago area from Florida. Previously practiced law in Florida for 12 years and in Indiana for 20 years. Admitted to the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. In Florida served on the Board and as Treasurer of the Florida Association for Women... view profile
MY BELIEF IN ESTATE PLANNING I chose to focus my career on estate planning because... more
MY BELIEF IN ESTATE PLANNING I chose to focus my career on estate planning because of the family and financial planning aspects of the practice. I enjoy discussing and writing about estate planning, just see my monthly newsletter library. People are hesitant to think about estate planning–no one wants to think about death–but I find that people always sleep better after they understand th... 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.