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Trustee Authority to Decant

Posted on: May 19th, 2017
In some circumstances, a trustee's fiduciary duty might oblige them to decant the trust; if the trust document does not clearly provide for decanting, the trustee must determine whether they have authority to decant the trust....

20-Year Anniversary of Domestic Asset Protection Trusts

Posted on: May 10th, 2017
Alaska first enacted statutes for DAPTs in 1997. Other states have passed similar legislation since then. One fact has remained constant: No creditor has collected a judgment or settlement against a debtor....

3 Questions When Adding a Trust Protector to an Existing Trust

Posted on: May 8th, 2017
Since trust protector provisions are not included in the trust document by default, many individuals find themselves in a situation where they wish to add provisions to an existing trust. If you are considering adding such provisions, outlined below are a few questions that should be discussed during a consultation with a trust attorney....

3 Financial Guidelines for Trustees

Posted on: April 24th, 2017
Trustees have a fiduciary duty to impartially administer the trust with care and loyalty. The guidelines discussed below can help to ensure that a trustee is not found in breach of their duty. The consequences of violating a fiduciary duty are broad, ranging from penalties and damages to possible felony charges....

3 Mistakes to Avoid as Trustee

Posted on: April 21st, 2017
While a trustee might attempt to navigate trust administration independently, a lack of professional guidance could contribute to mistakes. These blunders could eventually develop into court proceedings (and related court costs), fines, penalties, and/or removal....

Trust Administration Checklist for Revocable Living Trusts

Posted on: April 19th, 2017
Upon the death of the trust grantor, a successor trustee must manage several pressing matters. Our trust attorneys prepared a brief checklist below that can help successor trustees to navigate the initial stages of trust administration....


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