Probate Lawyer Serving Vancouver & Portland Metro Area
Serving Your Washington Trust and Probate Administration Needs
When creating a trust or will, you are taking an important step in doing everything you can to provide for your family and loved ones in times when you may not be able to do so. And by doing so, you are essentially placing the responsibility for the financial care of your loved ones into the hands of another: a trustee or administrator. That person will be responsible for carrying out your financial and familial goals per the terms of your trust or will, and so you will of course want someone in that role whom you can trust to take care of your loved ones in accord with your stated directives and per the terms of the law. Since 1992, Vancouver probate lawyer John Lutgens has been guiding individuals and families in the trust and probate process, and he will bring that experience to bear in carrying out the administration of your trust and/or will in probate.
The Duties of a Trustee
Through sound advice and professional assistance, attorney John Lutgens can help a trustee ensure that the following duties are carried out on behalf of the beneficiaries:
- Ensuring that all matters relating to the trust are performed in accord with the terms of the trust that you put in place
- Investing the assets of the trust in a prudent manner that serves the interest of your current and future beneficiaries
- Making periodic, timely distributions to beneficiaries per the terms of the trust
- Managing accounting and taxation issues of the trust
- Working with trusted financial advisors and managers to carry out the above duties
Washington state law imposes a high fiduciary duty on trustees in carrying out their duties, and attorney John Lutgens is committed to providing the highest level of professional service to both you and your beneficiaries.
The Duties of a Probate Administrator
In administering your estate during the probate process, attorney John Lutgens will carry out or assist with the following duties on behalf of your heirs and family:
- Managing the assets in your estate to make sure they are properly distributed in accord with the terms of your will
- In some cases, selling estate assets such as real estate, vehicles, or investments to satisfy distribution requirements and purchasing assets to satisfy other requirements
- Explaining the administration of the estate to heirs and family members and settling potential disputes
- Taking care of applicable state and federal taxes, including property and estate taxes
- Managing debts and liabilities such that your heirs and beneficiaries are not subject to the claims of your creditors
The probate administration process can take months and even years to complete. Vancouver probate lawyer John Lutgens is committed to carrying out the long-term financial and legal goals of his clients and their families, and he will work to make sure your estate is administered with the highest level of professionalism and care.
Contact Vancouver Attorney John Lutgens to See How He Can Help You
Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your trust and probate administration needs by contacting Vancouver trust and probate administration attorney John Lutgens at 360-693-2119.