Christen Culligan Bruu is an associate in the firms Family Wealth Estate Planning... more
Christen Culligan Bruu is an associate in the firms Family Wealth Estate Planning Department where she concentrates in estate planning and administration. Ms. Bruu received her B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her J.D. Degree from Albany Law School of Union University. Community Involvement: Taking an active role in her community, Ms. Bruu volunte... view profile
Ren H. Reixach, Jr. is a partner in the firm's Elder Law and Health Care Practice... more
Ren H. Reixach, Jr. is a partner in the firm's Elder Law and Health Care Practice Group and responsible for handling all elder law and health care issues. Mr. Reixach received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, and his B.A. degree from Yale College. Prior to joining Woods Oviatt, Mr. Reixach was the Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, a health planning... view profile
At a Glance: Mr. DiPiazza is a partner in the firm and a member of the Business... more
At a Glance: Mr. DiPiazza is a partner in the firm and a member of the Business Finance and Family Wealth and Estate Planning Departments and Health Care Practice Group. He is practice leader for the Business Succession Planning, Tax Controversies and Transactional Tax Planning practice areas. He concentrates his practice in partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies, corporat... 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.