Category Archives: fiduciary

Statements from a Judicial Verdict

In a recent decision, Judge Edward Nicholas included the following statements in his Final Judgment: “Mr. Masterson gave the Court a primer on the criteria necessary to establish a fiduciary duty, both express and by implication. His analysis was thorough, … Continue reading

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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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Trusts, Obamacare, and the New Tax Act As pointed out in the article in Forbes, to which I’ve linked in the title of this post, both the 3.8% surcharge on investment income required by Obamacare and the tax increases on … Continue reading

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Trust Allocation of Timber Sale Proceeds under the Uniform Principal and Income Act

The Uniform Principal and Income Act (the “UPAIA”) was completed by the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 1997.  The UPAIA was adopted shortly afterward by the State of Idaho.  It has been adopted as of the writing of this … Continue reading

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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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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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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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