Stephen L. Hopkins has broad experience in domestic and foreign tax planning,... more
Stephen L. Hopkins has broad experience in domestic and foreign tax planning, resolution of tax issues in the buying and selling of businesses, deferred compensation and executive compensation planning and compliance. His experience includes tax litigation in federal and state courts and administrative practice before the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities. He represents clients... view profile
Rob is a real property law specialist focusing on real estate law, representing his... more
Rob is a real property law specialist focusing on real estate law, representing his clients in buying, selling, and structuring businesses and real estate, commercial litigation, and property disputes. He also maintains a significant estate planning, trusts and estates practice. Rob is a Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association.. Less than two pe... 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.