I am a practicing attorney licensed in the State of Minnesota and admitted to the... more
I am a practicing attorney licensed in the State of Minnesota and admitted to the Federal Bar. I am also licensed as a mortician in Minnesota. I do consulting work in mortuary law as well as practice in the areas of elder law, probate, trusts (special needs and supplemental needs trusts), and estate planning. Elder Law consists of a variety of matters, including: Abuse and neglect Age d... view profile
More than 30 years experience as a reliable, useful, and affordable lawyer with a... more
More than 30 years experience as a reliable, useful, and affordable lawyer with a neighborhood practice in south Minneapolis. I help people with inter-generational transfers. It is much easier and cheaper to plan around family disputes, taxes, and nursing home expenses. There are cheaper ways to avoid probate than paying for a canned living trust. I think too many people get taken on those thi... 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.