My 34-year old law practice emphasizes complex probates, trusts and guardianships, estate planning and business transactions. My probate, trust and guardianship practice has included... more
My 34-year old law practice emphasizes complex probates, trusts and guardianships, estate planning and business transactions. My probate, trust and guardianship practice has included the representation of hundreds of parties in probates, trusts and guardianships and mediation and litigation related thereto. I am a frequent speaker on these subjects to members of the Washington State Bar and the... 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.