TRUST ADMINISTRATION ATTORNEY IN ORANGE COUNTY
Trust Administration Process – What You Should Know!
How to Find a Highly Recommended Trust Administration Law Firm
and what to consider when choosing your law firm.
Your Orange County Trust Administration Attorneys
Choosing the Best Trust Administration Law firm is Paramount
Are you searching for a Trust Administration Attorney in Orange County, California? Our firm, Hess-Verdon & Associates, works with executors, trustees, personal representatives, and other fiduciaries in all aspects of estate administration.
We are committed to the delivery of probate and trust administration services with a sensitivity to the unique concerns of our clients.
The loss of a loved one is a traumatic event. During this time, we understand that making financial and legal decisions while grieving is complicated and stressful. We make the process of probate and trust administration as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Looking for an Orange County Trust Litigation Attorney? Hess-Verdon & Associates is one of the most important and most sophisticated trusts and estate law firm in the state of California at both the trial and appellate levels.
If someone dies intestate, i.e., without a Will, then you will enter into the California probate process.
We recently handled a case where a mom added her daughter to her accounts to help with bill paying. Her son assured all was correct, continued his day-to-day activities. Mom died in 2019, making the son the successor trustee. All of the accounts have, “Transfer on Death” (TOD) designation, and go to the daughter outside of the Trust.
The daughter refuses to split those equally because she feels that she deserved them for taking care of their mother.
Issues like this happen more often than you think.
Our trust administration attorneys are well versed to help mitigate loss, ensuring a cost effective and smooth process.
Serving State: California, Southern California
Serving cities: Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Corona Del Mar, Santa Ana, Anaheim, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Buena Park, Fullerton, Orange, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Garden Grove, Tustin, Yorba Linda, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Dana Point, Rancho Santa Margarita, North Tustin, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Villa Park, Ladera Ranch, Placentia, Laguna Woods, Aliso Viejo, Coto De Caza, State of California
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Trust Administration Services Needed by Trustees and Beneficiaries
Are you the Trust trustee? If so, there are many steps to ensure you stay within your fiduciary duties. We have made this page to assist you throughout the process and feel free to call us and speak with one of our expert trust administration lawyers.
With that said, let’s get started.
As the Trust trustee, you will have “fiduciary responsibility” or what is called your “ethical obligation” to the beneficiaries of the will or trust, meaning you are to follow the directives of trust document’s terms for the benefit of both “settlor” and “beneficiaries.”
Now once a person dies, the trust becomes irrevocable.” Your objective as a Trustee is to stay out of “trust litigation.” It is our recommendation to find an attorney to assist you in protecting an effective trust administration process.
Why should I use an estate planning attorney to assist me in trust administration?
There are many moving parts to the trust administration process. From speaking to CPAs, IRS, tax advisors, investment advisors, etc., is quite a task, and there are deadlines and expectations from the beneficiaries. If you exceed your trustee powers, you may be held liable for loss or damages to the trust estate.
How much time does it take to complete the trust administration process?
Unlike probate, which can take nine months to 2+ years, organized trusts administration process falls between two to six months typically. Now, if there is a sub-trust to manage monetary gifts to minor children, etc.. It may continue.
Schedule an appointment today. Our specialized team is ready to assist you.
Why work with Hess-Verdon & Associates?
Here at Hess-Verdon & Associates, we will give:
- Advice regarding the terms of the Trust or a Will
- Information regarding the trustee’s duties to inform the beneficiaries
- Handling disputes among beneficiaries or between heirs and the executor or TrusteeTrustee to avoid Trust Litigation or Probate Litigation
- Preparation of notices and forms required by law to be sent by the TrusteeTrustee to all beneficiaries or heirs at law
- Advice about the requirements related to the investments allowed in a Trust
- Understanding the rules regarding selling assets, paying taxes and when you can make distributions to some or all of the beneficiaries
- Guide you through the Income-tax planning for the estate
- Preparation and filing of all necessary Probate Court filings
- Representation of clients in all Probate and Civil Court proceedings
- Postmortem planning, including effective use of tax elections and disclaimers
- Postmortem planning for non-U.S. citizen spouses
- Review of all federal and estate tax returns
- Summary of all federal and state fiduciary income tax returns
We will work with your successor to complete the process as quickly as possible while minimizing family disharmony.
To discuss your situation, to meet with us or to get your questions answered.
Where are you in the administration process?
Have you just received notice of the death of the settlor/trustor? If so, don’t feel pressured. There is an expected time frame for getting the death certificate, etc., but our recommendation is to have legal counsel straight away. Here is just a partial checklist to consider to execute a trust:
- Notice to all beneficiaries and the settlors’ heirs.
- Get a death certificate. Collect 10-12 copies of the death certificate.
- Contact Social Security Administration. (you might need to return the last Social Security payment?)
- Website: https://www.ssa.gov/
- Phone number: You can call toll-free at 1-800-772-1213
- Office locations: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp
Is there real property? If so, bestow title in the successor trustee. Handling property’s in the wishes of the settlor is mandatory. (Note: May have to determine the fair market value of each asset)
Record an affidavit with a certified copy of the death certificate against each property held in the living trust.
Ascertain all other trust assets, like bank accounts, 401K, investment accounts, and transfer the title of those assets in the name as the successor trustee.
- May need to keep the accounts open for 3-6 months to view all incoming and outgoing.
Acquire the trust’s federal tax identification number.
Determine the settlor’s debts and satisfy their liabilities. Tax implications can arise if there are tax issues, your estate planning attorney, and CPA’s work together to reduce complications. File tax returns!
- May need to consider:
- Federal estate tax return (706)
- Income tax return (1041)
- Fiduciary tax return
Keep a detailed accounting of all transactions like deposits and distributions from the trust, etc.
Work with your estate planning attorney on the distribution of the trust assets.
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Fee Arragements Include:
- Hourly fees, regular rates, structured rates, and custom rates to meet your particular needs.
- Contingent Fees if the merits and nature of your case warrant.
- Part hourly/part contingent fees.
- Enforce provisions to make your opponent pay your fees.
- Fixed Fees.
- Cooperate with corporate legal department policies.
- There is generally no charge to a new client for an initial one-hour consultation.
- Second opinions on the handling of your case can be rendered on favorable terms, in some cases, at no charge.
We work with you to keep your fees to a minimum by designing a strategy that gets the maximum result. We work diligently to promote a favorable settlement with the least expenditure of time.
We have successfully represented a large variety of clients. The successful outcome of any given case, which is always dependent upon its specific facts, can never be guaranteed.
In some matters, when we negotiate some or all of the attorney fees on a contingency basis, the client may be held responsible for advanced costs.
Some of the advanced costs (including, but not limited to)
- Deposition fees, filing fees, witness fees, etc. when there is no recovery.