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Serving As A Trustee Some Do’s and Dont’s

If you serve as a trustee, whether by choice or necessity, here is a list of suggestions that may help make your job easier, and highlight a few common mistakes that I hope you will avoid once you take the helm. With this in mind: 1.Keep Receipts You may think that it goes without saying that a trustee will keep receipts, but we are continually surprised at how frequently a trustee is unable to produce any documentation which corroborates purchases made with trust funds. Often the issue arises in the context of reimbursement of expenditures the trustee has made. Here's…

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When a Family Member Serves as Trustee – “Fair and Honest Is Not Enough”

Parents typically face two choices when selecting a trustee to manage a special needs trust for their child when the parents have died. One choice is a professional trustee–a bank or trust company or an individual who is in the business of serving as a trustee. Of course, professional trustees charge fees, and many banks and trust companies have a minimum trust balance requirement in order to serve as trustee. The other choice is to name a family member to serve as trustee, such as a sibling of the trust beneficiary or some other trusted family member. However, in most…

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While hiring a professional trustee may not always be the best solution, it is almost always better to have a professional with experience managing special needs trusts serve in place of an unqualified or overwhelmed non-professional trustee.

So, you’ve created a trust to protect your loved ones. Did you name the right person as trustee? Likewise, perhaps you’ve just been asked to serve as trustee without a firm appreciation for what that means, or perhaps you’ve just figured it out. Question: Should the trust have a professional trustee? Whether you’re parent who’s set up a trust or you’re a named trustee, Special Needs Answers recently offered a couple of tests to determine if the trust has the right trustee and if a professional may be in order. Their advice, as you would imagine, is especially poignant in…

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The Five Biggest Ways To Bungle a Trust

 "This is a role that potentially has unlimited liability.” — Adam von Poblitz, head of Estate Planning at Citi Private Bank     Have you been named the trustee for a close friend or family member? Did you feel honored when they asked? Well, it’s okay to feel honored, as the request does show a high level of trust and respect from your friend or family member. But think twice before accepting this “honor,” especially if there are no professionals on board as co-trustees. Trustees take on a lot of legal risk, especially for any mistakes they make, and there…

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What is a Special (Supplemental) Needs Trust and Why is it Advisable?

In the State of Maryland, and Federal Law parents of a special needs child can set up a Supplemental (or a Special Needs) trust for their children which will not disqualify them from government benefits, such as Social Security and Medicaid. Unfortunately, prior to this protection, parents would simply disinherit their disabled children rather than see their hard earned savings be squandered to the state. Now, the child receives money from the trust for their extra needs i.e. what the state does not supply, such as vacations; special equipment; medical help that the state does not provide or supply, glasses,…

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