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Some Trustees ask beneficiaries to sign a waiver of accounting before making Trust distributions. Occasionally, if there are multiple beneficiaries, some of the beneficiaries may be happy to waive a formal accounting, while one beneficiary refuses. What happens if one of the beneficiaries refuses to sign a waiver of accounting?…

Sometimes there is a disconnect between lawyers and clients on how likely they believe the case is to succeed, and the monetary value of the case. Why? Litigants typically don’t think of their case in terms of monetary value. Litigants think of their case as a set of bad, often…

1. Follow Trust Terms The Trustee has a duty to follow the Trust terms. In other words, do as they’re told. May sound obvious, but it’s remarkable how often Trustees seem to get that one wrong. It is a basic Trustee duty that can be found at California Probate Code…

Bad Trustees can make your life a nightmare. When you are the beneficiary of a Trust, you really want a competent Trustee. They don’t have to be the best necessarily, but they do need to be competent, at least. The problem is that parents, the people who create Trusts, often…

You know what needs to be done. A house needs to be sold, a stock portfolio needs to be split and distributed to the named beneficiaries, and a cash account needs to be divided, too. Properly handling a Trust administration is not rocket science. But it does take someone reasonably…

I want to address professional trustee’s fees. These are different than lay trustee fees. A lay trustee is a brother or sister or somebody else in the family that is named trustee. A professional trustee is generally a large bank, or it’s a large company that holds themselves out as…

We get this question routinely.  We have Beneficiaries of a Trust come to us and say, “My brother or sister is the Trustee of the Trust and they’re saying they’re going to take $150,000 in Trustee’s fees.  Is that allowed?”  And the answer is, “Well, it depends.”  And, of course,…