I love Estate Planning because I have the opportunity to work with people to plan... more
I love Estate Planning because I have the opportunity to work with people to plan for themselves, their family and their legacy. Most estate plans include a revocable living trust, a will, a power of attorney, an advance health care directive and HIPAA waiver. My number one priority is to ensure that the plan follows my clients' goals and values. I also work in after death trust and estate ad... view profile
Stephanie focuses her practice in the areas of wills, trusts, contested case... more
Stephanie focuses her practice in the areas of wills, trusts, contested case guardianship and conservatorship, probate and trust administration and trust litigation.Stephanie joined Collier Law as an associate in 2012. Previously she was a law clerk with the firm since July 2011.
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.