I have been practicing law with a concentration in Family Law and Wills and Estates... more
I have been practicing law with a concentration in Family Law and Wills and Estates in southeastern Pennsylvania for the past 28 years. In addition to my private practice I am also currently the part time custody conciliator of Montgomery County. I am passionate about working with families and individuals transitioning through life changing events whether it be birth or death, new marriages, s... view profile
John Stinson has a diverse practice in orphans' court, business, and education... more
John Stinson has a diverse practice in orphans' court, business, and education litigation. In his orphans' court practice, John recently helped clients obtain the court-ordered removal of erring trustees overseeing two sizable trusts. He has also advised beneficiaries with respect to will contests and the over-payment of fees to fiduciaries. In commercial litigation, John has worked on com... 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.