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Are you Considering to be a Trustee and hold Fiduciary Duty?

How Much Do Trustees get paid?

Glad you are here. A Trustee can get paid based on the work that is provided based on a percentage of the estate or, most likely, an hourly fee, but there are no set trustee fees. The Trust assets pay you and not the beneficiaries, and therefore strict bookkeeping is mandatory.

Some Trustee tidbits to consider

You might think that it is a lucrative position to manage a Trust.  

Remember this small tidbit:  When you choose to become a Trustee, you will handle money and people! Which is the more significant challenge? You might think managing the funds might be the more difficult task, but managing people (beneficiaries) may prove to be a more substantial challenge.

Can a Trustee withdraw money from a trust?

There have been many court cases on this topic, and the Trustee cannot withdraw money for self-dealing, i.e., personal use! A trust is a private legal agreement, which is between two parties. (The settlor and the beneficiaries). The Trustee has a fiduciary duty to side on the beneficiaries before their interests and must disclose all accounts are reports to the beneficiaries.

What are the duties of a Trustee?

First and foremost, you will want to read the trust document in its entirety. You may even want to reach out to counsel. Hess-Verdon & Associates has been helping families in the Southern California area for 30 years! You may call 949-706-7300. When you read the trust, it will outline the rules in which you will operate.

So basically the duties of the Trustee include, but not limited to, the following:

  1.  Create a checking account of the trust. All income and expenses must go through this account to keep a faithful bookkeeping practice.
  2. Remember, you have a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries. You will want to keep them abreast of the changes at least annually, but if they ask for information in a reasonable amount of time. (Know the state laws)
  3. Do not mix your expenses with the expenses of the trust. Mixing can cause a breach of contract and can adversely affect the amount you get paid.
  4. Do keep in regular contact with the beneficiaries to understand their needs.
  5. Do file annual income tax returns for the trust.
  6. Get professional advice.

Who can be a Trustee?

To be chosen as a Trustee is an honor, but it comes much responsibility to the settlor’s wishes and understanding of the needs of the beneficiaries.  

So, who can be a Trustee? Well, the characteristics of a Trustee could be the following: trustworthy, responsible, financially stable, attention to detail, and gets along with people, knows when to reach out to counsel.

Can a Trustee also be a beneficiary?

Yes, a beneficiary can also be the Trustee, and many times there may be more than one trustee. (co-trustee). It’s crucial, however, that both the Trustee and co-trustee never mix their personal income and expenses of that of the trust. When it comes time to audits, if not done correctly, it can harm both Trustees via paying back misappropriated funds.

Are the Trustee’s compensation taxable income?

Trustee fees are an income tax deduction for the trust but taxable income to you, the Trustee. You will declare your fees on your form 1040 on line 21.

 

Trustee Removal

Are you a Trustee or Beneficiary where protection of the Trustors wishes are being challenged and causing family disputes?

Develop strategies on preempting a Trust dispute and discover What You Need to Know About the Trustee Removal Process

Hess Verdon has a deep bench and knows both sides of the equation to remove or suspend a Trustee or to safeguard the Trustee from a frivolous legal process. Hess-Verdon top litigators will help you stay on track!

 

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Beneficiary is attacking me

Attacked by a beneficiary who objects to how you, a Trustee, or Administrator, is handling an estate?

Prevent Trustees from Making Some Common Mistakes. 

Duties | Delays | Choices | Distributions

Timing on each one is critical to avoid litigation

Hess-Verdon has over 30 years of dealing with Beneficiary and trustee disputes. Let us review your situation. You’ll be glad you did. Contact us for a No Charge, No-Obligation Consultation.

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Contesting a Trust

 Are You Considering Contesting a Trust or the most recent amendment? Was there a capacity issue or undue influence?

Be Careful when contesting a trust and know the elements it takes to protect the trust assets. Reserve your rights before Statute of limitations happen!

Hess-Verdon works hard to resolve Trust and Estate issues and preserve the estate by minimizing costly litigation. Contact us for a No Charge, No-Obligation Consultation.

 

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Some Trustee tidbits to consider

You might think that it is a lucrative position to manage a Trust.  

Remember this small tidbit:  When you choose to become a Trustee, you will handle money and people! Which is the more significant challenge? You might think managing the funds might be the more difficult task, but managing people (beneficiaries) may prove to be a more substantial challenge.

Can a Trustee withdraw money from a trust?

There have been many court cases on this topic, and the Trustee cannot withdraw money for self-dealing, i.e., personal use! A trust is a private legal agreement, which is between two parties. (The settlor and the beneficiaries). The Trustee has a fiduciary duty to side on the beneficiaries before their interests and must disclose all accounts are reports to the beneficiaries.

What are the duties of a Trustee?

First and foremost, you will want to read the trust document in its entirety. You may even want to reach out to counsel. Hess-Verdon & Associates has been helping families in the Southern California area for 30 years! You may call 949-706-7300. When you read the trust, it will outline the rules in which you will operate.

So basically the duties of the Trustee include, but not limited to, the following:

  1.  Create a checking account of the trust. All income and expenses must go through this account to keep a faithful bookkeeping practice.
  2. Remember, you have a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries. You will want to keep them abreast of the changes at least annually, but if they ask for information in a reasonable amount of time. (Know the state laws)
  3. Do not mix your expenses with the expenses of the trust. Mixing can cause a breach of contract and can adversely affect the amount you get paid.
  4. Do keep in regular contact with the beneficiaries to understand their needs.
  5. Do file annual income tax returns for the trust.
  6. Get professional advice.

Who can be a Trustee?

To be chosen as a Trustee is an honor, but it comes much responsibility to the settlor’s wishes and understanding of the needs of the beneficiaries.  

So, who can be a Trustee? Well, the characteristics of a Trustee could be the following: trustworthy, responsible, financially stable, attention to detail, and gets along with people, knows when to reach out to counsel.

Can a Trustee also be a beneficiary?

Yes, a beneficiary can also be the Trustee, and many times there may be more than one trustee. (co-trustee). It’s crucial, however, that both the Trustee and co-trustee never mix their personal income and expenses of that of the trust. When it comes time to audits, if not done correctly, it can harm both Trustees via paying back misappropriated funds.

Are the Trustee’s compensation taxable income?

Trustee fees are an income tax deduction for the trust but taxable income to you, the Trustee. You will declare your fees on your form 1040 on line 21.

 

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My Family is Suing me

Are you being sued by a family member over a Trust or Will?

From threats to harassment to emotional distress, many people’s knee-jerk reaction is to sue and has become increasingly common. 

There are many options to resolve a family dispute in court and out of court. 

With over 30 years, Hess-Verdon has handled Trust and Estate Lawsuits and dealing with family dynamics. Do not panic; Hess-Verdon is ready to help you today.

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Trustee Deadlines

Up against or even missed a deadline? Know which ones are upcoming?

Shore up your fiduciary responsibilities 

Conflict of Interest | Distribution of Funds | Upcoming deadlines

And put yourself back on track and avoid a trustee removal petition

Time is ticking, and seeking guidance from a Hess-Verdon Attorney is your attorney source to know protect your family’s legacy. Contact us for a No Charge, No-Obligation Consultation.

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Changed Trust Before Death

Was a Trust changed while under the care of a brother, sister, or institution and possibly been influenced?

 Act fast and attain a strategy on resolving fraud, forgery, undue influence, while protecting your rights and staying on the right side of the court.

 Hess-Verdon & Associates helps seek proper legal advice and provides you with the sound direction you need to understand what constitutes an invalid Trust or amendment. Contact us for a No Charge, No-Obligation Consultation.

 

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Emotions Can Run High in Disputes Between Family Members, Especially in Matters Involving Money.

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Are you feeling your attorney is not answering your questions? 

Up against a deadline | Going over Budget | Case Taking too Long 

These are just a few reasons why you need a second opinion.

Hess-Verdon has a deep bench experience and works with the courts. If you have questions that your attorney is not answering, or the litigation has taken unexpected twists and turns, Hess-Verdon has handled Trust and Estate Lawsuits for over 30 years. Do not panic; Hess-Verdon is ready to help you today.

 

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