Can it be done? Can property be held in trust AND in joint tenancy? Your lawyer told you it can’t be done, right? Tell them to review California Civil Code section 683(a).
683. (a) A joint interest is one owned by two or more persons inequal shares, by a title created by a single will or transfer, whenexpressly declared in the will or transfer to be a joint tenancy, orby transfer from a sole owner to himself or herself and others, orfrom tenants in common or joint tenants to themselves or some ofthem, or to themselves or any of them and others, or from a husbandand wife, when holding title as community property or otherwise tothemselves or to themselves and others or to one of them and toanother or