The MacLean Law Firm helps people with all aspects of probate, contested probate,... more
The MacLean Law Firm helps people with all aspects of probate, contested probate, will contests, estate administration, estate litigation, trust litigation, turst administration, estate and trust accountings, wills, estate planning, asset protection and business succession planning. We develop customized, estate planning solutions integrating our clients' financial, accounting and insurance p... view profile
Admissions to other courts: Western District of New York, 1980 Bankruptcy Ct., WDNY,... more
Admissions to other courts: Western District of New York, 1980 Bankruptcy Ct., WDNY, 1980 Northern District of New York, 1996 Bankruptcy Ct., NDNY, 1996 Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2002. Community/charitable/pro bonoactivities: Volunteer Legal Services Project (attorneys in private practice who agree to take cases for income-eligible clients)- panel counsel t... 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.