Working primarily in Estate Administration, I have occasion to see first-hand what kind of havoc a poor plan, or no plan, can wreak on surviving family members. There are also situations where a good Trust is in place and operates exactly as it should with respect to the funded assets. It’s the assets that are not funded in the Trust that can cause issues after death.
I recently helped a widow who’s husband, I’ll call him Jim, had been custodian of an account for the couple’s minor grandson. Upon Jim’s death, the financial institution froze the account because there was no successor custodian listed. The child’s parents were unable to access the account. The widow could not access the account either. Eventually, we were able to untangle the problem and resolve the legal issues, but getting there took some time.
The couple’s Trust was not an MH Trust, but it was a good one. The point is that even the best Trust is ineffective if not properly funded. Different types of assets require different title or beneficiary designations in order to be effectively funded. An accurate inventory of assets is crucial to proper funding. The time spent gathering the information for us is well worth the hassle you’ll save your surviving loved ones upon passing.
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Contributed by MH Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney Andrea Claus
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