The primary practice areas of the Law Office of Jonathan Vernon include Wills, Trusts, and Estates.


Wills, Trusts, and Estates is what lawyers call the area of law that is largely governed by the Estates Code and the Trust Code.

The two sides of this area of law are estate planning or probate law. Estate planning is planning for one's death or incapacity. Probate law is executing that plan.

These areas include the drafting of wills and the taking of wills through the courts; a process called probating the will. A probate lawyer also handles "probating" the estates of people who passed away without a valid will.

Probate law also includes guardianships. Guardianships are used when a person cannot take care of him or herself. This includes people who are not old enough to take care of themselves and people who are or have become incapable of caring for themselves.

A trust is when one person, a trustee, holds property for the benefit of another person, a beneficiary. Trusts can have multiple trustees and beneficiaries. Trusts have a variety of uses.

Trusts are used as a planning tool for probate, guardianships, and even taxes.

Trusts are also used as a way of holding property for someone who could not otherwise own that property because, for example, it would be illegal for a child to be in possession or to have control of that kind of property but not illegal for an adult to do so.

Another common use for trusts is to hold firearms under the National Firearms Act or NFA for short. The NFA regulates the possession, ownership, transfer and some other aspects of owning certain items like machine guns and suppressors (more commonly known as silencers).

Trusts can also be used to give gifts to a person that the settlor (the person giving the gift) believes is not capable of handling the property responsibly.

These are just a few of the many uses of trusts.


In the course of practicing estate planning and probate law, an attorney must touch on other areas of the law such as real estate and entity formation.

Real estate law is a vast area of law that stretches from transferring land to what can be done with land, such as zoning issues, to fights over who owns land. Our practice focuses mostly on transferring land from one person to another.

Entity formation is an area of the business law practice that focuses on forming LLCs, corporations, and various forms of partnerships.

While we usually practice real estate law and entity formation in a probate or estate planning context, we are capable of handling such situations independently of those contexts.

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