John has been a trusted mainstay of the Roanoke legal community since graduating... more
John has been a trusted mainstay of the Roanoke legal community since graduating from law school in 1973. The Roanoke native practices domestic relations and family law and has served as chair of the Virginia Bar Associations Domestic Relation Section Council. In addition to his domestic law practice, John represents businesses, both public and private, and individuals in a variety of le... view profile
Offices in Radford and Salem. I represent individuals, businesses, and students in... more
Offices in Radford and Salem. I represent individuals, businesses, and students in criminal and civil matters. I am an adjunct instructor at Radford University. In addition to all Virginia state courts, I am admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and District and Bankruptcy Courts in the Western District of Virginia.
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.