How Distribution Of Assets Is Done Fairly and Timely Upon Original Trustee’s Death

A successor trustee has many duties; one of which includes distributing the assets to the appropriate beneficiaries. However, before this can be carried out, there are a few steps that have to be followed.

4 Steps That Should Be Followed When Distributing Trust Assets

1 – All trust beneficiaries and their heirs must be advised in writing within 60 day of the original trust’s date of death.  The notification is explicitly worded, and if a trust beneficiary demands it, a duplicate of the trust and any amendments can be delivered to them. Any party who gets this notice has 120 days to challenge the original trust.

2 - The original trust assets can be sold. However, if the parties all agree, the assets can be equally divided among them. For instance, one recipient may choose to take the real estate while another takes the equally appreciated mutual fund.  If the parties cannot agree, the trust’s assets can be divided equally with every beneficiary getting an equal share from the trust’s individual asset.

3 – A comprehensive list of the trust assets will need to be developed after an agreement has been reached by every beneficiary regarding the division of assets. After all parties sign the list, the assets will need to be re-registered in the beneficiaries’ names. Along with that, every financial institution that holds a title to the assets will need to be notified of this re-registration. When it comes to real estate, a new deed will have to be written up for every property.

4 – The trust’s yearly accounting will also need to be filed with every beneficiary along with a trust termination or change of trustee. The accounting will need to show what assets were being held on the date of death along with its value at that time and its present market values.

Non-Allocation Of Trust Assets

Some trusts will make a motion that the trustee cannot allocate assets for a certain period of years. When this happens, the successor trustee will be accountable for the investment of trust assets and make the distributions to the beneficiaries at a later date.

A successor trustee has a responsibility to control the trust for the advantage of trust beneficiaries whether it’s for the original trustee – who is alive but incapacitated – and the designated beneficiaries upon the original trustee’s death.

It’s imperative to employ the services of a real estate planning lawyer to ensure the process is a smooth one. With the advice you get, you’ll be sure that you’re correctly following the steps during this difficult time.

It’s extremely difficult to manage the trust; but, with proper planning and some diligence on your part, you can reduce any issues that could crop up.

According to research, parents will develop a real estate plan to ensure their hard-earned cash in savings is allocated fairly to their children and reduce any difficulties they might have with the inheritance.