Trust Administration

Trust Administration is the process of paying creditors and distributing assets to beneficiaries, usually without court intervention, after a person creates a trust and then passes away.

If you have recently lost a loved one, we are sorry for your loss. Let us help you with the administration and distribution of your loved-one's estate.

If your loved one did not create a living trust or properly title assets in the name of the trust (i.e., "fund" the trust or "vesting") before his or her death, probate may be required. For more information on probate in California, Click Here.

A trust is a contract that usually sets forth who will manage one's assets, how bills will be paid, and how distribution of one's property is to take place upon death.

Named in a trust are the trust asset manager(s) called the "trustee(s)" and, generally, "successor trustee(s)." While the creator(s) of a trust (often referred to as the settlor(s), trustor(s), or grantor(s)) are living, they are generally the trustee(s) of their own trust. This means that they are in charge of their trust and can, generally, do as they please with the assets in the trust.

Upon the death of the settlor(s) (i.e., the creator(s) of the trust), the duty to follow the terms of the trust and to hold, administer or distribute property listed in the trust to the beneficiaries passes to the "successor trustee(s)."

In trust administration, we advise "successor trustees" in their duty to follow the terms of the trust, pay bills and distribute assets to the beneficiaries.

The trustee's duties often involve securing assets; giving notice to beneficiaries, governmental agencies and creditors; marshalling assets; paying bills; filing taxes; liquidating assets; accounting to beneficiaries; and, distribution.

Trust Administration generally takes much less time than the probate process (sometimes just a few months), and it can cost significantly less. At our office, the cost to administer a trust may be as low as $1,500 to $3,500 (minimum $1,500) depending on the situation. We can help you at each step in the process.

To watch a short video on trust administration by Long Beach Estate Planning and Probate Attorney John T. Anderson, Click Here.

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