"We wanted to do it to avoid any complications for my client – to make it easier for her. It puts a little distance between her and the claimant, the trust," said Fater. "We were trying to keep her name to the minimum."
"She's a great lady - the salt of the earth. She's very excited and I think she has handled this remarkably as an 81-year-old, an octogenarian. To deal with this with the grace and poise that she has is incredible."
He said he has represented numerous members of White's family for years, some of whom live in Rhode Island.
Daniel Corrigan, a certified public accountant of Corrigan Financial Inc. based in Middletown, R.I. , is her financial planner. Corrigan said the general benefits of a trust are privacy, to control the proceeds and "make sure you have certain people named for continuity purposes."
White has declined to elaborate on her family though she said in a statement, continuing Stop and Shop's spelling of sherbet, "We're excited, very blessed and will determine in the coming months how we'll spend the money, but we know we'll always have rainbow sherbert."