A Word About My Legal Philosophy Since I opened my practice in 1997, I have been fortunate to represent and counsel hundreds of clients in the areas of Business and contract matters and litigation, Family Law litigation and negotiation, and Estat...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Child Custody, Elder Law, Divorce & Separation, Business
Brad Sagraves is a shareholder with the firm practicing in the areas of business law, tax, probate and estate planning. Brad generally advises businesses and individuals on forming businesses, whether limited liability companies, limited liabilit...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Business, Tax, Estate Planning
Review: “Matt helped in a tough probate matter recently and his attention to detail was a real difference maker. I would recommend Matt and I cannot thank him enough for all he did for my family”
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Wills & Living Wills, Estate Planning, Probate, Debt Settlement
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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.