Foster Friedman concentrates on planning and controversy matters involving estates... more
Foster Friedman concentrates on planning and controversy matters involving estates and trusts. He has extensive experience advising clients on the transfer of wealth from one generation to another, including the orderly and tax-efficient succession of family owned businesses, through the preparation and implementation of Wills, Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies... view profile
Why So Many Avoid Preparing Their Wills Many lawyers do not prepare wills and trusts... more
Why So Many Avoid Preparing Their Wills Many lawyers do not prepare wills and trusts for lower- to middle-class clients because of the detailed effort required without the financial rewards. Because of the high fees, the recession and the general desire to avoid the topic of death, more than half of the people in our country are without any estate planning. Those who can't afford to pay thous... view profile
Rebecca L Evans, Attorney-at-Law, is an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of... more
Rebecca L Evans, Attorney-at-Law, is an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Deborah N Arthur. Earning her B.S. in Public Administration with a minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in 2009, she continued her education, earning her J.D. from George Mason University in 2012. Rebecca L Evans spent two years of her law school time clerking for the Law Firm. She ... view profile
Everyone needs some form of estate planningwhether youre starting a family or... more
Everyone needs some form of estate planningwhether youre starting a family or retiringa comprehensive estate and asset protection plan allows you to make important decisions about your finances, family and health care during your lifetime.
Mr. Smolen has gained recognition over the past 31 years for his knowledge of... more
Mr. Smolen has gained recognition over the past 31 years for his knowledge of complex business transactions, trusts and estates. He incorporates both his business and financial acumen and estate experience to formulate integrated plans for the benefit of his clients. Mr. Smolen has appeared as a guest expert on television programs and has had articles published in various forums.Mr. Smolen is a... 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.