Ms. Diane K. O'Connor is a graduate of Smith College and Marquette University Law... more
Ms. Diane K. O'Connor is a graduate of Smith College and Marquette University Law School. She received certificates in Trust Administration from Northwestern University and Advanced Estate Planning from the American College. Attorney O'Connor is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the Wisconsin and Milwaukee Bar Associations. She is a Past Chair and Di... view profile
Attorney Joseph Cohen earned his law degree and MBA at UCLA. While in school, he... more
Attorney Joseph Cohen earned his law degree and MBA at UCLA. While in school, he worked for PIMCO, a leading investment management company. Upon graduation, Joseph worked as an attorney at Paul Hastings, one of the largest law firms in the world. In his second year at Paul Hastings, Joseph left to start Cohen Counsel. “Working for a traditional firm was a great experience, but from the client... 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.