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Sacramento Magazine Features Sacramento Special Needs Trust Attorney Brian Wyatt and Clients

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Sacramento magazine just published an article about some of our clients and the estate planning we do for families with special needs.  More than half of our clients have loved ones with disabilities.  It’s a great privilege to take care of these important people, giving them peace of mind and providing a place to go when parents  Read more…

Sacramento Limited Conservatorships Lawyer Brian Wyatt Interviewed By Dandelion Magazine

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

I want to thank Dandelion Magazine, which is published for parents of children with disabilities, for the opportunity to discuss limited conservatorships in this fall’s issue.  Because conservatorships are such complicated undertakings, parents naturally have a lot of questions about them.  The article, which you can access by clicking here, does a good job introducing  Read more…

Who Should Be Trustee of a Special Needs Trust?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Clients and other attorneys regularly ask me who can be the trustee of a Special Needs Trust.  The quick answer is that it cannot be the person with a disability (i.e., the beneficiary) or their spouse.  The law effectively prohibits it.  If we were to make the beneficiary or their spouse trustee, the funds held  Read more…

Using a Trust Protector Will Supercharge Your Estate Planning

Friday, January 28th, 2011

When you establish a trust, one of the biggest decisions you make is who will serve as trustee if you become ill or pass away. You must be able to rely on your successor trustee to follow your instructions, manage trust assets as a reasonably prudent person, make appropriate distributions and avoid even a hint of self-dealing. In my experience, most successor trustees do just fine, especially when they are represented by a competent trust administration attorney. But what if your successor trustee isn’t up to the job? What if they go rogue when you’re not there to do something about it? That’s when using a trust protector can really give you tremendous peace of mind.

Channel 10 Interviews Attorney Brian Wyatt about Special Needs Trusts

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Brian Wyatt appeared on Channel 10’s Sacramento & Company on September 29, 2011.  He discussed estate planning for families of people with disabilities.  To view the video, please click here.

Five Things Parents of Children with Special Needs Must Know about Estate Planning

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

If you have a child with special needs, there are some things you absolutely must know about estate planning. First, failing to plan will jeopardize any needs-based government benefits your child receives. That’s because California law (i.e., the laws of “intestacy”) will determine how much your child gets from your estate. Think of everything you  Read more…

Brian Wyatt & Client Discuss Special Needs Planning on Capital Public Radio

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Together with one of our clients, I discussed special needs planning with radio host Jeffrey Callison this morning. We were featured on a segment of Insight on Capital Public Radio. Many thanks to Jill Swett for helping me to raise awareness about this kind of planning, which is absolutely critical for parents of children with  Read more…

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