Author Archives: Steve Masterson

About Steve Masterson

Court-appointed Trustee and Personal Representative, providing neutral, third-party, administration of Trusts and Estates; estate planning consultant to families, attorneys, and fiduciaries; and expert witness for trust and estate litigation matters. See my website at www.idahotrustee.com

Omissions Are [Still] Not Ambiguous

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The Power of Words

The words we use can fall flat or they can be powerful.  You must watch this video and then use the idea to re-evaluate how you say what you say, about yourself and about your business.

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Entrepreneurialism and Jobs

A departure here from my usual posts regarding trusts and estates, but I’m an entrepreneur offering several services and products within three separate entities. The article by Walter Russell Mead to which I’ve linked below hits the nail on the … Continue reading

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Death Tax on the Middle Class

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) attempted to sneak this provision into the transportation bill currently working it’s way through the Senate. It was removed, but Baucus has made it clear that this is a high priority for him. By taking away … Continue reading

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Estate Tax Attorney and Accountant Full Employment Act of 2012

Of course, that is not the title of any piece of legislation, pending or passed. In Obama’s budget proposal, presented the other day, tax rates are raised for the mostly hard-earned (and previously taxed) assets of dead people. In addition, … Continue reading

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Selecting a Trustee: Other Considerations

What criteria do you use to choose a fiduciary or to assist a client in choosing a fiduciary? Many of us, particularly those of us who are professional advisors, are familiar with many of the legal, financial, and even risk … Continue reading

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Social Media and the Family Brand

The article to which I’ve linked below was written in the context of wealth planning; that is, issues arising from the use of social media can affect the protection/preservation of a family’s wealth. More importantly, the issues addressed in the … Continue reading

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Why do families fight over an inheritance?

After 28 years+ of experience settling estates and trusts, I could tell many stories about family disputes over an inheritance.  Even in families that otherwise seem perfectly functional, things can get weird very quickly after the death of a patriarch … Continue reading

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PI+ Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Pat Wardian Telephone: 208-664-8980 Email: pat@wardianwealth.com PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUITS HAVE NEW RESOURCE TEAM Personal Injury Plus, also known as PI+, has been formed to provide litigation support and case management for personal injury lawsuits. Personal injury … Continue reading

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Choosing a Trustee – What Characteristics are Needed?

Those Grantors who don’t struggle with the selection of a Trustee probably should.  I’ll confess that poor Trustee selection creates revenue opportunities for me, either through the cost of cleaning up a Trust mess or as an expert witness in … Continue reading

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