At a Glance: Enzo A. Faga is of counsel to Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP. In addition to a... more
At a Glance: Enzo A. Faga is of counsel to Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP. In addition to a general practice of law which includes personal and family counseling, estates and estate planning, his practice is concentrated in commercial and residential real estate, corporate law and commercial contract negotiation. Prior to joining Woods, Oviatt, Mr. Faga spent more than thirty years in private practi... view profile
Jack M. Battaglia is a partner in the firm and a member of the Family Wealth Estate... more
Jack M. Battaglia is a partner in the firm and a member of the Family Wealth Estate Planning and Business and Finance Departments. He concentrates his practice in civil and criminal tax controversies, tax planning for businesses and estate planning for the business owner. He has over 35 years of experience in tax law including practice before the IRS, particularly the Criminal Investigation Di... 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.