Probate and Trust Administration

January 2024 Trust Administration

Successor trustee desired assistance with the administration of a simple trust. During administration, the beneficiaries of the trust requested that the trustee modify the provisions of the trust, including altering the remainder beneficiaries, one of which was an incapacitated adult. DeAngelis Legal provided proper notice to creditors and beneficiaries, advised the trustee as to permissible [...]

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September 2023 Informal Probate

During the administration of a decedent’s trust, the trustee identified a brokerage account in the decedent’s individual name, even though all other assets were either titled in the name of the revocable trust or transferred outside the trust directly pursuant to a beneficiary designation. Because the account was over the threshold for a small estate [...]

By |2024-01-22T19:16:49-07:00October 15th, 2023|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration|Comments Off on September 2023 Informal Probate

Residential Real Estate

Residential real estate continues to be a significant asset in most estates we plan.  It also continues to cause considerable issues with the estates and trusts we administer.  Whether caused by poor financial planning, poor estate planning or poor execution, the result is always the same – increased family discord, frustration and expense during administration [...]

By |2023-07-27T14:34:43-07:00July 22nd, 2023|Past Newsletters, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration|Comments Off on Residential Real Estate

July 2023 Estate Planning Update

Estate Planning Update July 2023 2023 Annual Gift Tax Exclusion: increased to $17,000 per donor, per donee. 2023 Gift and Estate Tax Exemption: increased to $12,920,000 per donor through 2025, see #6, an increase of $860,000. Marital Deduction for Transfers to U.S. Spouse: remains unlimited. 2023 Generation Skipping Tax Exclusion: increased to $12,920,000 per donor [...]

By |2023-07-25T10:27:39-07:00July 22nd, 2023|Annual Estate Plan Updates, Past Newsletters, Recent Projects, Federal Estate Tax, Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning|Comments Off on July 2023 Estate Planning Update

June 2023 Informal Probate

At the end of the administration of a trust, the title company required the trustee to open a probate and obtain letters of personal representative before closing. This is the second matter in as many months where DeAngelis Legal has had to deal with simple mistakes that caused significant delays and additional expenses in trust [...]

By |2023-07-27T14:37:07-07:00July 15th, 2023|Past Newsletters, Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Homepage|Comments Off on June 2023 Informal Probate

May 2023 Formal Probate

Trustee of a large estate identified a small investment account that was not transferred to the decedent’s revocable trust during his lifetime (mistake #1).  Unfortunately, while making a copy of his will prior to his death the decedent had mixed the pages of the original and the copy (mistake 2), so while we had the [...]

By |2023-07-09T12:16:42-07:00June 15th, 2023|Past Newsletters, Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Homepage|Comments Off on May 2023 Formal Probate

January 2023 Trust Administration 

Winter deaths caused several trusts to become irrevocable and new trustees taking over.  DeAngelis Legal advised the new trustees regarding their new duties and responsibilities, drafted the initial paperwork to transfer control, published notice to creditors to shorten the claims period and obtained tax identification numbers for the new trusts. All estates have avoided probate [...]

By |2023-05-12T19:57:43-07:00February 15th, 2023|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on January 2023 Trust Administration 

December 2022 Trust Administration

DeAngelis Legal resolved trust administration disputes between a trustee and beneficiary.  Upon death, a parent set up a trust for a beneficiary naming the beneficiary’s older sibling as trustee. Over the years, the Trustee and beneficiary clashed over budgets, distributions, and reporting which adversely impacted their relationship.  DeAngelis Legal advised the trustee, coordinated delivery of [...]

By |2023-01-23T14:58:14-07:00January 15th, 2023|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Homepage|Comments Off on December 2022 Trust Administration

October 2022 Letters of Personal Representative

DeAngelis Legal obtained Letters of Personal Representative for a trustee who identified an asset that was not transferred to the trust.  The deceased participated in his employer’s stock option plan.  Unfortunately, the plan failed to name a beneficiary and the employer would not transfer the asset without the Letters of Personal Representative.  DeAngelis Legal prepared [...]

By |2022-11-13T14:53:02-07:00November 15th, 2022|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Homepage|Comments Off on October 2022 Letters of Personal Representative

September 2022 Trust Administration

Sometimes trust administrations are easy.  DeAngelis Legal represented the beneficiary of a trust created by the beneficiary’s parents.  Years of strained relations caused tension between family members, one of which was the trustee.  After obtaining the documents clarifying past transactions, accounting and distribution amounts, the beneficiary signed off on the trust and received his share [...]

By |2022-11-13T14:49:52-07:00October 15th, 2022|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on September 2022 Trust Administration
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