Martha T. Starkey, "Marti," is a partner at Harrison & Moberly, LLP, where she... more
Martha T. Starkey, "Marti," is a partner at Harrison & Moberly, LLP, where she serves as Chair of the Trust and Estate Practice Group. She has practiced in the area of Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Related Litigation for over 31 years and built her practice by providing excellent legal work in an atmosphere of care and concern for each client. Marti is the founder of the Starkey Entrepreneurial W... view profile
Practical. Professional. Personal Service. If you ask my clients and colleagues,... more
Practical. Professional. Personal Service. If you ask my clients and colleagues, these are my hallmarks. I have always believed that many times the client is best served by practicality at least as much as technical legal issues and their consequences. Yes, you can sue for this or that, yes you can try to include and fortify against every possible issue, claim or contingency in a contrac... 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.