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Christian & Small LLP Birmingham Alabama
Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. Phoenix Arizona
Atchley, Russell, Waldrop & Hlavinka, LLP Texarkana Arkansas
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Fresno California
Greenberg Glusker Los Angeles California
Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP Sacramento California
Ferris & Britton, A Professional Corporation San Diego California
Buchman Provine Brothers Smith LLP San Francisco California
Brody Wilkinson PC Fairfield County Connecticut
Rosenthal, Monhait & Goddess, P.A. Wilmington Delaware
Widerman Malek, P.L. Daytona Beach Florida
Widerman Malek, P.L. Melbourne Florida
Mateer Harbert, PA Orlando Florida
Bivins & Hemenway, P. A. Tampa Florida
Ayres Carr & Sullivan, P.C. Indianapolis Indiana
Montgomery Barnett, L.L.P. Baton Rouge Louisiana
Montgomery Barnett, L.L.P. New Orleans Louisiana
Thomas & Libowitz, P.A. Baltimore Maryland
Rudolph Friedmann LLP Boston Massachusetts
Rosenblum Goldenhersh St. Louis Missouri
Earp Cohn P.C. Cherry Hill New Jersey
Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. Roseland New Jersey
Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde LLP Albany New York
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP Binghamton New York
Ganfer & Shore, LLP New York New York
Barton LLP New York New York
Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde LLP Poughkeepsie New York
Trevett Cristo P.C. Rochester New York
Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes, P.A. Charlotte North Carolina
Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP Raleigh North Carolina
Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP Cleveland Ohio
Fogg Law Firm Oklahoma City Oklahoma
James, Potts & Wulfers, Inc. Tulsa Oklahoma
Haglund Kelley, LLP Portland Oregon
Earp Cohn P.C. Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Rothman Gordon Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Rosen Hagood Charleston South Carolina
Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, P.A. Greenville South Carolina
Spicer Rudstrom PLLC Chattanooga Tennessee
Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley, P.C. Knoxville Tennessee
Spicer Rudstrom PLLC Nashville Tennessee
Moses, Palmer & Howell, L.L.P. Fort Worth Texas
O'Donnell, Ferebee & Frazer, PC Houston Texas
Atchley, Russell, Waldrop & Hlavinka, LLP Texarkana Texas
Prince Yeates Salt Lake City Utah
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC Harrisonburg Virginia
Beresford Booth PLLC Edmonds Washington
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC West Virginia
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Koffman Kalef LLP Vancouver Canada
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Carroll & O'Dea Sydney Australia
HHG Legal Group West Perth Australia
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Quijano & Associates Belize District Belize
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Barcellos Tucunduva Advogados Sao Paulo Brazil
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Quijano & Associates Road Town, Tortola British Virgin Islands
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Diamond Law Attorneys George Town Grand Cayman Cayman Islands
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HJM Asia Law & Co LLC Guangzhou China
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Pinilla Gonzalez & Prieto Abogados Bogota Colombia
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Guardia Montes & Asociados Costa Rica Costa Rica
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Dr. Fruhbeck Abogados Havana Cuba
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Koenig & Partners Law Firm Copenhagen Denmark
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WINHELLER Attorneys at Law & Tax Advisors Frankfurt am Main Germany
Broedermann Jahn Hamburg Germany
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Fusthy & Manyai Law Office Budapest Hungary
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Refalo & Zammit Pace Advocates Valletta Malta
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Russell Advocaten B.V. Amsterdam Netherlands
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Quijano & Associates Panama City Panama
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HJM Asia Law & Co LLC Singapore Singapore
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Dr. Fruhbeck Abogados Madrid Spain
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MME Legal | Tax | Compliance Zurich Switzerland

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Trusts and Estates Law

Trusts are estate-planning tools that can replace or supplement wills, as well as help manage property during life. A trust manages the distribution of a person’s property by transferring its benefits and obligations to different people. There are many reasons to create a trust, making this property distribution technique a popular choice for many people when creating an estate plan.

The basics of trust creation are fairly simple. To create a trust, the property owner (called the “trustor,” “grantor,” or “settlor”) transfers legal ownership to a person or institution (called the “trustee”) to manage that property for the benefit of another person (called the “beneficiary”). The trustee often receives compensation for his or her management role. Trusts create a “fiduciary” relationship running from the trustee to the beneficiary, meaning that the trustee must act solely in the best interests of the beneficiary when dealing with the trust property. If a trustee does not live up to this duty, then the trustee is legally accountable to the beneficiary for any damage to his or her interests. The grantor may act as the trustee himself or herself, and retain ownership instead of transferring the property, but he or she still must act in a fiduciary capacity. A grantor may also name himself or herself as one of the beneficiaries of the trust. In any trust arrangement, however, the trust cannot become effective until the grantor transfers the property to the trustee.