I have practiced in the areas of estate planning and elderlaw for over 28 years. I handle some estate and trust related litigation matters. I take a combined approach to estate planning - I am as concerned as much for what happens when a client ...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning, Adoption
Associate Attorney with Spencer Fane LLP in Kansas City, Missouri. Practice focuses on researching legal issues, drafting documents, and consulting with clients in the areas of tax planning, estate planning, probate, estate and trust administratio...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Probate, Estate Planning, Business
Review: “Really nice and knowledgeable. Put together a gun trust for me in no time, and also answers my questions without billing for every minute. He's helped me out of a couple speeding tickets too. ”
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Business, Debt Collection, Litigation, Trademark Application
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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.