I have enjoyed practicing law in my hometown for over 28 years. It is a privilege... more
I have enjoyed practicing law in my hometown for over 28 years. It is a privilege and an honor to have classmates, teachers, physicians and many other neighbors, friends, community members and family members trust me with their estate planning needs.
Our family lives in the St. Croix Valley outside of Stillwater. We enjoy living in... more
Our family lives in the St. Croix Valley outside of Stillwater. We enjoy living in this beautiful area and try to walk along the river or through Stillwater at least once a week. I enjoy running on the trails of the four state parks that are within one hour of our house.
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.