On the practice of Elder and Disability Law - "Our clients often come to us feeling... more
On the practice of Elder and Disability Law - "Our clients often come to us feeling overwhelmed by their concerns, whether about impoverishing themselves in paying for a spouse's nursing home placement, or ensuring the personal and financial protection of a child with special needs after they are gone, or obtaining essential disability benefits and health care services. These needs pose... view profile
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
I graduated from New England School of Law cum laude, in the top 15% ofthe class and... more
I graduated from New England School of Law cum laude, in the top 15% ofthe class and then earned Master of Law degree in Taxation with concentration in Estate Planning from Boston University. After graduation from law school, I had the honor of serving as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court in Suffolk, Middlesex, Bristol and Worcester Counties, wh... 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.
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