Living Trusts in the Unauthorized Practice of Law: A Good Thing Gone Bad

33 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2008  

Angela M. Vallario

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

An elderly man recently lost his wife and visits the lawyer's office for assistance in the administration of her estate. After the attorney expresses her condolences, she asks if his wife had a will. The client reaches into a brown shopping bag and retrieves a two-and-a-half inch black binder containing several trusts. The elderly gentleman and his deceased wife were told this would eliminate the expensive legal nightmare of probate. Unfortunately, like many others, this couple was victimized by a trust mill.

Keywords: unauthorized practice of law, UPL, living trust, trust mill, probate, professional responsibility, estate taxation, elder law

Suggested Citation

Vallario, Angela M., Living Trusts in the Unauthorized Practice of Law: A Good Thing Gone Bad (2000). Maryland Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 3, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1147173

Angela M. Vallario (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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