My practice is about increasing the QUALITY OF LIFE of my clients. I have a client... more
My practice is about increasing the QUALITY OF LIFE of my clients. I have a client centered focus, not an attorney centered focus. If I can help you, I will. If I can't I will be honest and up front and then get you to the right professional that can make a difference.
Erin A. Cook is the owner of Estate Planning of SC, LLC. Prior to starting her own... more
Erin A. Cook is the owner of Estate Planning of SC, LLC. Prior to starting her own firm in 2008, Erin spent 7 years as an associate with two highly respected firms in Columbia, South Carolina. Her practice concentrates on both taxable and nontaxable estate planning; probate and trust administration and prenuptial agreements. Erin received her B.A. in English from Winthrop University, h... 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.