Robert J. Mara & Wendy A. Mara

Trust and Estates Newsletters

Donating One's Body to Science

A dead human body is usually disposed of by burial or cremation. One alternative that benefits people outside of the funeral industry is to donate one's dead body to science. Donation to science (also know as donation to medical science) is turning over a dead body to doctors, medical students, and/or other scientists for use in their studies. The charitable goal is the advancement of science.

Kinds of Powers of Attorney for Finances

There are two kinds of durable powers of attorney for finances: those that take effect immediately and those that take effect only upon your incapacitation where one or two doctors declare that you can no longer manage your financial affairs.

Revocable Living Trust

In many jurisdictions, trusts cannot be revoked unless the trustor expressly retains the right to revoke. Revocable living trusts allow a trustor to manage his assets, to plan for his incapacity, and to avoid probate.

Trust Apportionment

When a trustee receives a distribution, it can be difficult to determine whether he should pay it to the beneficiary or add it to the "corpus" (the trust property).

Trust Modification and Termination

A court will modify a trust where the trust's leading purpose is frustrated by a specific directive made by the trustor.

Mara & Mara, P.A. Attorneys at Law