Review: “We had recently relocated back to Iowa from Colorado and the seller here in Iowa did not want to use real estate agents for the transaction. We agreed and then researched and then hired Mr. Gardner to assist us. He exhi...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Business, Probate, Real Estate
I am a life long resident of Iowa with a commitment to fast and friendly service to my clients. I attempt to simplify and ease the legal process and make it cost effective for my clients.
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Wills & Living Wills, Power Of Attorney, Probate, Estate Planning
Denise M. Hill, JD, MPA is an Of Counsel Attorney and Mediator in the firm’s Health Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Groups. Denise has practiced law in a variety of settings and has represented diverse health law clients including hospital...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Health Care, Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills, Employment & Labor
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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.