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Agentis Legal Advocates & Advisors Fort Lauderdale
Agentis Legal Advocates & Advisors Coral Gables
Agentis Legal Advocates & Advisors Miami
AMG Mylonas & Associates, LLC Cyprus
Barton LLP New York, New York
Barton PLLC Nashville, Tennessee
Beresford Booth PLLC Edmonds, Washington
Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. Tampa, Florida
Brödermann Jahn Hamburg, Germany
Brody Wilkinson PC Fairfield County, CT
Brothers Smith LLP San Francisco, California
Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. Phoenix, Arizona
Caldwell East & Finlayson PLLC San Antonio, Texas
Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers Sydney, Australia
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Visalia, California
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Fresno, California
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Sonora, California
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP Binghamton, New York
DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C. Tucson, Arizona
Dr. Frühbeck Abogados S.L.P. Madrid, Spain
Dr. Frühbeck Abogados S.L.P. Havana, Cuba
Earp Cohn P.C. Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Earp Cohn P.C. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Eddins Domine Law Group, PLLC Louisville, Kentucky
Evans & Co. Nassau, Bahamas
Ferris & Britton, A Professional Corporation San Diego, California
FIN | LAW Isle of Man
Fogg Law Firm Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP New York, New York
Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett New Orleans, Louisiana
Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett Lafayette, Louisiana
Greenberg Glusker Los Angeles, California
Greenspoon Winikoff S.E.N.C.R.L., LLP Montreal, Canada
Guardia Montes & Asociados Costa Rica
Hackman Hulett LLP Indianapolis, Indiana
Hackman Hulett LLP Zionsville, Indiana
Haglund Kelley, LLP Portland, Oregon
Hargrove, Smelley & Strickland Shreveport, Louisiana
HHG Legal Group Perth, Australia
HJM Asia Law & Co LLC Guangzhou, China
HJM Asia Law & Co LLC Singapore, Singapore
Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. Rapid City, South Dakota
Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. Spearfish, South Dakota
Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. Roseland, New Jersey
Martin George & Co. Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Martin George & Co. Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago
Mateer Harbert, P.A. Orlando, Florida
McCollom D'Emilio Smith Uebler LLC Wilmington, Delaware
Menzer Law Firm, PLLC Seattle, Washington
Moses, Palmer & Howell, L.L.P. Fort Worth, Texas
Nolan Heller Kauffman LLP Albany, New York
Pinilla, González & Prieto Abogados Bogota, Colombia
PKF Lawyers Winnipeg, Canada
Prospective Legal, PLLC Tulsa, Oklahoma
Quijano & Associates Belize City, Belize
Quijano & Associates Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Quijano & Associates Panama City, Panama
Rosen Hagood Charleston, South Carolina
Rosenblum Goldenhersh St. Louis, Missouri
Rothman Gordon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rudolph Friedmann LLP Boston, Massachusetts
Russell Advocaten B.V. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP Cleveland, Ohio
Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP Raleigh, North Carolina
Stephenson Fournier Houston, Texas
Strauss Troy Cincinnati, Ohio
Strauss Troy Covington, Kentucky
Summers, McDonnell, Hudock, Guthrie & Rauch, P.C. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Summers, McDonnell, Hudock, Guthrie & Rauch, P.C. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Thomas & Libowitz, P.A. Baltimore, Maryland
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC West Virginia
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC Harrisonburg, Virginia
Widerman Malek, P.L. Daytona Beach, Florida
Widerman Malek, P.L. Melbourne, Florida
Wilke Fleury LLP Sacramento, California

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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.