Because of the numerous and varied estate planning goals a trust can help achieve, it is very common to see at least one trust agreement in the average estate plan. One thing that all trusts have in common is the need for a Trustee to administer the trust. The Trustee is appointed by the Settlor (the creator of the trust) at the time the trust is established. If you have been appointed the Trustee of a trust, and have never before served as a Trustee, you will soon find that a Trustee has a wide range of duties and responsibilities. [Read more…] The post Waukegan Trust Administration Attorneys Warn against Pitfalls appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Most people choose to execute a Last Will and Testament as the foundation for their estate plan. As they build on that plan they add additional estate planning tools and strategies to the plan. One of the most common additions to a comprehensive estate plan is a trust agreement. If you are the parent of a minor child, for example, you may wish to add a testamentary trust to your plan as a way to protect your minor child’s inheritance in the event something happens to you before your child reaches adulthood. If you do decide to include a testamentary [Read more…] The post Trust Administration and the Testamentary Trust appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Because a comprehensive estate plan should accomplish a wide range of estate planning goals and objectives, the average estate plan will include a variety of estate planning tools and strategies aimed at achieving those goals and objectives. One of the most common estate planning tools is a trust. Though once used almost exclusively by wealthy families to keep the family wealth in the family, trusts are now commonly found in the estate plan of the average person. Given how common it is to find a trust in an estate plan, it should come as no surprise that it is also [Read more…] The post Waukegan Trust Administration Attorneys Answer Top 5 Questions appeared first on Hedeker Law.
One of the most common additions to a comprehensive estate plan is a trust agreement. Once used almost exclusively by the wealthy as a mechanism by which they could pass down the family fortune to succeeding generations, trusts are now frequently found in the average person’s estate plan and are used to accomplish a multitude of estate planning goals. Although every trust agreement is unique, one thing all trusts have in common is a Trustee who is charged with administering the trust agreement. Appointed by the Settlor (creator of the trust), a Trustee has a wide range of duties and [Read more…] The post Trust Administration Mistakes to Avoid appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Most people start off their estate plan with fairly simple goals that can be accomplished using nothing more than a Last Will and Testament. That plan, however, will likely need to be reviewed and expanded upon as the family and the estate grow over the years. If you find yourself in a position where it is time to expand upon your basic estate plan, you may be considering the addition of a trust as part of that expansion. If you will be creating a trust for the first time, it is important for you to learn as much as possible [Read more…] The post Waukegan Trust Administration Attorneys Explain Trust Basics appeared first on Hedeker Law.
At one time, trusts were predominantly used by wealthy families as a vehicle by which the family wealth could be passed down without incurring a tax obligation on the transfer of wealth. The tax laws have since changed to prevent a trust being used in that way; however, trusts are now more popular than ever. In fact, it is becoming increasingly common to find a trust in the estate plan of the average person. Although there are numerous different specialty trusts that help accomplish a wide range of estate planning goals, all trusts have one thing in common – the [Read more…] The post During Trust Administration, Can a Trustee Be Removed or Replaced? appeared first on Hedeker Law.
A comprehensive estate plan will typically include a wide variety of estate planning tools and strategies that help achieve the various inter-related estate planning goals and objectives within the plan. One of those tools is a trust. Although once used almost exclusively by wealthy families as a way to pass down the family wealth without paying taxes on the transfer of wealth, trusts are now found in even the most simple of estate plans. If you plan to include a trust in your estate plan, you will need to appoint a Trustee to administer the trust. A common mistake people [Read more…] The post Trust Administration Questions to Ask Yourself When Appointing a Trustee appeared first on Hedeker Law.