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About Mark Coulter Mark T. Coulter is an experienced Pittsburgh attorney with an extensive record of success solving his client’s legal issues, with a focus of interest in Estate Planning and Elder Law issues. During his 17 years as an attorn...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Estate Planning, Probate, Wills & Living Wills
Rule Law is a unique practice combining advocacy, mediation, estate planning and legal tools to assist individuals and families experiencing disability. Planning for an inclusive and supported life for an individual with an intellectual, mental h...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Guardianship, Wills & Living Wills, Estate Planning, Education
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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.