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Ms. Mains is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. Political Science 1991) and received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1996. She was admitted to practice law in the Stat...
Practice areas: Trusts, Estate Planning, Financial Markets and Services, Business, Employment & Labor
Review: “Toni DeGasperin is an amazing professional. She has been so helpful to us with our estate planning and helped us to understand the necessary concepts to make decisions regarding the myriad of legal issues. She is kind, ca...
Practice areas: Trusts, Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law, Wills & Living Wills
Former Deputy Public Administrator County of Orange Former Trust Officer Crocker National Bank Panel Member Continuing Education of the Bar Member Rotary Club of San Clemente Member Knights of Columbus Member Persons of Italian Lineage
Practice areas: Trusts, Estate Planning, Probate, Wills & Living Wills, Health Care
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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.