Christopher M. Petillo, C.P.A., J.D., CELA, is certified as an Elder Law Attorney ("CELA") by the National Elder Law Foundation as accredited by the American Bar Association. The National Elder Law Foundation is not affiliated with any governmen...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills, Elder Law, Tax
At the Law Office of Michael J. Brescia, P.C., we look to provide relief and preparation through the use of estate planning. Many people do not recognize the benefits that it can have, nor do they realize just how useful it can be for most individ...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Estate Planning, Litigation, Real Estate, Business
Review: “John Garvey has handled several estate and trust issues for me over the past 14 years and his assistance has been excellent. In addition he is a kind, down to earth person with good common sense. I highly recommend him.I”
Practice areas & skills: Trusts
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Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Wills & Living Wills, Real Estate
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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.