A Knowledgeable Legal Guide For Trust Administration Matters
As a successor trustee, you have a great amount of responsibility. Designated by the trust creator as the administrator of a person’s trust, your role includes controlling the property within the trust, managing the trust’s investments and overseeing its payouts. You may have some initial uncertainty when taking on this responsibility, and guidance from a reliable estate planning lawyer could prove crucial.
Gadi Zohar, Esq., in Palo Alto, California, is the advocate you need. Gadi Zohar has a comprehensive understanding of estate planning law, including the process of trust administration. He has represented many clients throughout the SF Bay Area, since 2011.
Many Duties, Many Questions, Solid Advice
Living trusts are essential, because they allow the trust creator to manage assets while alive and competent; yet they also allow for a relatively seamless takeover of those assets at the incapacity or death of the trust creator. And unlike a will, the trust administration process avoids the public probate process. The person who takes over at the trust creator’s incapacity or death is known as the successor trustee.
The person named as successor trustee of the trust must fulfill a number of duties in a process somewhat similar to probate. Some of those tasks include:
- Reviewing the trust’s terms
- Organizing the assets of the trust
- Evaluating and paying the decedent’s just debts
- Selling property or distributing the property to heirs and beneficiaries
- Paying the trust creator’s income taxes, as well as any other taxes that may be due
Because trusts are flexible documents, there are many types of trusts with many different terms. On top of that, there are laws that must be followed in administering trusts. Understanding the successor trustee’s duties can be complicated. Because there are so many different types of trusts, it is crucial for successor trustees to gain the legal insight of a skilled estate planning attorney who will provide guidance in trust administration.
Schedule A Consultation With A Skilled Estate Planning Attorney
Often a trust can be complicated to successor trustees (the people named to manage the trust assets when the trust creator is no longer able) to understand. This is the time when a skilled estate planning attorney can guide you.