As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With this... more
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With this in mind, I work closely with my clients, helping them take small steps today to ensure a better tomorrow. Take Estate Planning for example: if you die without an estate plan, the State of Illinois will provide one for you. To avoid that result, we can work together to ensure that you decide what’s best for your a... view profile
Michael graduated from Pace University in New York with a Bachelor of Business... more
Michael graduated from Pace University in New York with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Psychology, worked briefly as the general accountant in the medical science industry before attending Pace Universitys School of Law in White Plains, New York. He then worked in the Tax Department for Coopers Lybrand, CPAs in Portland, Oregon. He began his law practice in Portlan... view profile
We help clients navigate the sometimes confusing world of estate planning, helping... more
We help clients navigate the sometimes confusing world of estate planning, helping them avoid paying unnecessary taxes so that more assets pass efficiently to enrich the lives of their loved ones or supporting their favorite causes. We design our plans to be enforceable and clear, with a goal of minimizing one’s heirs from fighting over our client’s legacies. We also support a number of bu... 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.