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Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Litigation, Probate, Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills
I love estate planning. It's one of the only areas of the law where I know I'm helping people every single day I'm in the office (or on the road meeting clients). Yes, I did well in law school (graduated cum laude; top 10% of my class; Member...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Wills & Living Wills, Estate Planning
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Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Commercial, Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills, Business
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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.