Category Archives: Executor

Should I have Co-fiduciaries? A Practical Consideration

Not to sound like a broken record, but selection of a trustee in your estate plan is one of the most important decisions you can make. Here’s a good synopsis of what you should consider if you are thinking about … Continue reading

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Who Will Be Your Trustee?

Here is an excellent review of important considerations when choosing a Trustee for your Trust.  These considerations also apply when you are choosing a Personal Representative or an Executor. Who can you trust…with your Trust?

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“TRUSTEE SCORECARD®” TRADEMARK REGISTRATION AWARDED

 Masterson Receives Registration by US Patent and Trademark Office Serving as a Trustee of a Trust can be a daunting process for even the most well-prepared person.   The personal liability for a Trustee can be overwhelming, if the Trustee is … 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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“Inheritances are an equalizing force that mitigates the inequalities found in American household wealth.”  Sounds counter intuitive, but check out this article and study: Debunking the “Sin” of Inheritance

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Fighting over Mom’s Stuff

Ugh…kids at their worst. When a parent dies and the children are faced with dividing up the possessions, things can get ugly. But by taking certain steps, the survivors can avoid family warfare. How to avoid fights over Mom’s stuff

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Advice for Executors: Get Help

Having cleaned up many messes created by people with good intentions, I highly recommend individual executors, personal representatives, and trustees obtain and follow the advice of qualified advisers. Estate Executors: An Honor…and a Pain

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