John has a varied general practice background and concentrates in estate and trust... more
John has a varied general practice background and concentrates in estate and trust planning and administration. He is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
My name is John D'Onofrio, and as the founder of D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C., I have... more
My name is John D'Onofrio, and as the founder of D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C., I have been providing clients with legal assistance for more than 32 years, always striving to professionally and timely serve my clients-the friendly residents of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Through years of experience working in the legal field, I have gained insight and knowledge on a wide variety of es... 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.