What needs to be done to administer a Living Trust when the trust creator (“Trustor”) passes away? Well, it could be virtually nothing at all, or it could be very involved. If the Trust only holds cash assets and stocks, it might be limited to distributing the cash and stock among the Trust beneficiaries. If it holds real property which is intended to be sold immediately, the title company will take care of much of the paperwork required at close of escrow, perhaps leaving only the distribution of the cash among the beneficiaries to occur. But administration is not often that simple and can be complicated by many factors, including the provisions of the Trust, outstanding claims by creditors and governmental bodies, filing tax returns, and changing title to assets.
Litherland, Kennedy & Associates have been providing quality estate planning services in the Greater Bay Area since 1975. They are committed to helping those concerned with protecting their families from the devastating legal effects of disability and death. With the aid of public seminars, educational presentations, articles, and radio/television interviews, the law office has championed the use of revocable living trusts as a proven way to protect families from probate, to minimize or eliminate federal estate taxes, and to prevent the Medi-Cal Recovery lien. Roy W. Litherland and Justin M. Kennedy are certified as Legal Specialists in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. They are members of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.