Review: “I hired Laurie Giles to represent me in my divorce. I found her to be extremely professional as well as very sensitive to my situation. What I admired about Attorney Giles was her attention to detail. Her prompt return ...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Divorce & Separation, Mediation, Elder Law, Family
Review: “If you are looking for a law firm to handle an estate, The Franklin Drazen Law Firm is where you should stop and check out what they have to offer, set up some time to call them and meet with them before you choose someon...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning, Tax
Review: “Lyn and her staff have been our legal team for the past year, obtaining conservatorship for me of my mother through the Probate Court and assisting with nursing home placement when it became necessary. She and her staff a...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Elder Law, Probate, Medicaid & Medicare, Guardianship
Review: “Attorney Cregeen handled my will and health directives as well as my 83 year old mother's. She is extremely professional and compassionate at the same time. Has the patience of a saint. Highly recommend to others.”
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Wills & Living Wills, Probate, Elder Law, Real Estate
Review: “Peter LISTENED to our, somewhat unique, requirements and delivered a first draft that essentially captured all we wanted. In the process he appropriately challenged and guided us. Great to work with. ”
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Estate Planning, Business, Tax
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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.