By Appointment Only 1-877-456-6785 Contact Us

Estate and Trust Administration

An estate trustee has the responsibility of carrying out the terms of the trust estate as set forth in an estate or trust document. A trust (estate) can be created by the language found in a will or a document created during life. If the former, it is a testamentary trust; if the latter, it is a living trust. The trustee is usually a person named by the creator of the trust in the trust document. In some cases, the trustee cannot carry out his or her duties either because of incapacity or death. If there is no named successor trustee who can serve, the court has the responsibility of appointing a successor estate trustee, usually someone who is nominated by the trust beneficiary(s), or by petition by an independent.

Estate trustee duties can include funding the trust with appropriate assets, safeguarding assets, investing the trust assets according to the Prudent Investor Rule (as set forth in the Probate Code), reporting to beneficiaries (as set forth in the Probate Code) filing income tax returns for the trust and making distributions in accordance with the trust terms.

on Thursday December 12
Was this helpful?

An executor is any individual appointed by the probate court to administer the estate of a person who has died, referred to as a “decedent.” This person will either act as an Executor if named in the will, or as an Administrator if not named in the will, or if there is no will. The executor inventories and safeguards assets, collects income, verifies and pays obligations, identifies and notifies heirs and beneficiaries, and distributes assets.

on Thursday December 12
Was this helpful?

Words of Wisdom

I want to thank you for all you have done, your kindness and attention to FM in these last difficult years. While FM may not have been happy with her condition, the arrangements you made for her care in her last years made her comfortable and your continued visits to her must have been high points in her days of being confined in her activities. Thanks again....View More..
We hope you will enjoy the holidays knowing that you have given DR a new life. Your plans for her and the understanding of her needs are giving her a sense of confidence she's never before experienced. Bless you for all your efforts....View More..
It has been a true pleasure to work with you; I can honestly say you have been a true blessing in D’s life. With your support we were able to see D blossom to the lovely lady she is today....View More..
I feel kudos are due to you and appreciation should be shown for the above and beyond you do on our behalf. Thank you for being such a conscientious person and so thorough and efficient. Di, Mother, and I do really appreciate your work....View More..
Eric is a stand up guy. You can count on him. He is reliable, smart, helpful and thinks out of the box. He has been very helpful with suggestions and enhanced services. Add to this the fact that he is fast, able to meet deadlines and fix technical problems in a jif and you have one heck of a guy. And, wonder of wonder, he's nice. Which just goes to prove nice guys finish first!...View More..
Through you my life, has changed so much. I can do things now, and don't worry, as such. I don't worry so much, on how things will end. I just know things will end, from where I send. Through Sue, you came into my life. Now a lot less crying, stress and strife. Of you I am so very, very proud. I could scream it, from the highest hill aloud......View More..
He is supportive and genuinely concerned with the conservatee's quality of life......View More..
Thank you so much for helping us take a crappy situation and turn it into an awesome adventure! We are super grateful for everything!...View More..
He is a professional who cares about his clients and fights for them so that they may benefit from the best outcome of their affairs. I am personally pleased with the assistance he was able to give to a relative of mine. I would like add that Mr. Mayfield is also a warm and charming person with a good sense of humor and interest in people....View More..
We appreciate your efforts more than you know!...View More..
Thanks for working so hard to get us on the correct, appropriate financial citizenship!...View More..
You're the type of client that the legal profession appreciates most...highly organized and well documented....View More..

Powers of Attorney

Under common law, a power of attorney becomes ineffective if its grantor dies or becomes "incapacitated," meaning unable to grant such a power, because of physical injury or mental illness, for example, unless the grantor (or principal) specifies that the power of attorney will continue to be effective even if the grantor becomes incapacitated. This type of power of attorney is called "power of attorney with durable provisions" in the United States or "enduring power of attorney" elsewhere. In effect, under a durable power of attorney (DPoA)[1]  >>

Estate or Trust Administration

A trustee will manage investments, keep records, manage assets, prepare court accountings, pay bills (depending on the nature of the trust) medical expenses, charitable gifts, inheritances or other distributions of income and principal. Trustees are not required to exercise all of the powers that they are granted.[2] A trustee can manage any number of trust types, including Charitable, Special Needs Trusts, ILIT, Corporate, and Estate Trusts. >>

Conservator / Committee

The term conservatorship is synonymous with elderly guardian but used mostly in the western United States. It is a court-appointed process that can be very expensive as the petitioners and proposed conservatee all must be represented by attorneys, with just a few exceptions for in pro per family members without objections. The reason for the expense is that the proposed conservatee's estate is expected to bear the burden of the court costs in the procedures to appoint.>>

Back to Top