Considerations for Administering Closely Held Business Assets in Trust

By WealthCounsel Staff on Aug 6, 2021 10:00:00 AM

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Written by: REBECCA KLOCK SCHROER, JD, & MORGAN WIENER, JD

Trustees face a number of complexities when administering a trust that owns interests in a closely held business. This article focuses on two of those complexities:

(1)  Which standard of care applies to the trustee’s business decisions: the fiduciary or the corporate standard of care?

(2)  What is the trustee’s obligation to produce information about the business to the trust’s beneficiaries?

Because there is no national consensus on either of these issues, this article will first provide an overview of each issue and then review leading cases exemplifying the different approaches taken by courts.

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One Size Does Not Fit All in Estate Planning

By WealthCounsel Staff on May 7, 2021 10:00:00 AM

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One-size-fits-all estate plans are impracticable due to the differences and varying complexities in each person’s estate. It is imperative to tailor an estate plan to meet each client’s needs and goals, so the drafting attorney must understand the character of the assets in the client’s estate and the planning options best suited for each client. Because high net worth clients are often very protective of their assets, planning objectives and recommendations for clients with large estates will almost always differ and be more complex than those for other clients. When estate planning attorneys understand the different planning techniques appropriate for larger estates, including the advantages and disadvantages of each, they can help high net worth clients create a plan that not only facilitates a smooth transition of assets to beneficiaries after death but also helps to sustain the longevity of assets.   

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2021 Document Management Buyers Guide For Attorneys

By WealthCounsel Staff on Apr 30, 2021 10:00:00 AM

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We are excited and honored to announce our participation in the 2021 Document Management Buyers Guide! The e-book, released by Legal Tech Publishing, spotlights innovative legal technology products for attorneys.

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