Sarah M. Allen is a partner at Pabian Russell, LLC, concentrating her practice on... more
Sarah M. Allen is a partner at Pabian Russell, LLC, concentrating her practice on estate, gift and charitable planning, as well as special needs planning. She also has extensive experience handling trust and estate administration matters including will contests, probate/trust administrations, trust/trustee disputes, guardianships and conservatorships. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Alle... view profile
Attorney Patrick G. Curley is an Elder Law and Asset Protection Specialist. He... more
Attorney Patrick G. Curley is an Elder Law and Asset Protection Specialist. He focuses his practice on protecting clients homes, savings, and independence whether planning in advance or in a crisis. After graduating as Valedictorian at Wakefield High School, Patrick earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree in 1997 from the University of Michigan La... 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.