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.Laurie Hauptman is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton (B.A. 1986) and Hofstra Law School (J.D. 1989). For 8 years she was a trial attorney at a personal injury law firm before joining forces with Yale in 1998. Laurie’s courtroom experience is essenti...
Practice areas: Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, Guardianship
As a young child, my grandparents were very involved in my life. After moving to New Jersey at age 2, we continued, for many years, to return to Brooklyn on weekends to visit both sets of grandparents. My paternal grandfather died when I was 12 an...
Practice areas: Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid & Medicare, Probate
KEVIN MURPHY has more than twenty-five years of experience in fiduciary counseling, income and estate tax planning and administration, family held business succession planning, elder law, guardianships, employee benefits, executive compensation an...
Practice areas: Trusts, Tax, Elder Law, Estate Planning
I came to elder law out of an interest in health care policy. I was involved in a documentary entitled "Can't Afford to Grow Old" and then went to work for AARP shortly after college. My special needs practice developed out of personal experienc...
Practice areas: Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Guardianship
Review: “We would highly recommend John for anyone who needs estate planning. My wife and I were very impressed by his professionalism and knowledge of the area. My brother also used John when he sold his business several years ag...
Practice areas: Trusts, Commercial, Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills, Business
Review: “We have dealt with a lot of attorneys but Patti is by far the best. She made what was a difficult time for us a smooth and easy process. She is very knowledgeable, caring and extremely competent.”
Practice areas: 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: Trusts, Wills & Living Wills, Estate Planning
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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.