An express trust is a way for some people to protect and transfer assets and avoid probate. The person establishing the express trust, the settlor, can do so in a document or orally and serves as the trustee of the property in the trust or may transfer the property to another trustee.
Express trusts are often used but that does not mean they are simplistic. Trust law and options are extensive and require the knowledge of a Kansas City trust lawyer to avoid problems with the applicable laws and to prepare trust documents properly.
No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.
Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.
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