When a loved one dies it can be a confusing time in which you are in immense grief while also needing to make sure you handle all the technical details of locating assets, paying bills and making sure your loved one’s assets get to the right people, without conflict.  We are here to help.

Whether your loved one created a trust to hold their assets, or did not, he or she did have assets (called the estate of the deceased) that must be handled with careful attention and it’s critical that you work with experienced estate attorneys who can help you to do the right thing, minimize conflict, and ensure the smoothest possible transition of assets. 

When someone creates a trust as part of their estate plan, they must name a trustee to ensure the trust’s terms are handled properly. These individuals must carry out all of the trust’s instructions, and they’re legally responsible for doing so within the scope of federal and state law. Such duties are known as trust administration.

Serving in this capacity entails a huge level of responsibility and liability. What’s more, most people named as trustee will have limited, if any, background or experience in the legal and financial duties that come with administering a trust. In this case, Jill Gregory, an experienced trust attorney with over 25 years of experience, can work with the trustee to ensure the trust is administered properly and all legal requirements are satisfied.

If a trust was not created or if not all assets have been properly titled in the name of a trust, we can help your family through the process of estate administration. This may include the court proceeding known as probate.

If you are an executor or trustee, contact us for support in handling the transition of your loved one’s assets as easily as possible. 

The Trust and Estate Administration Process

Here at Jill Gregory Law, we work closely with the family, beneficiaries, and other advisors to ensure the decedent’s trust assets are collected, debts are paid, and the assets are distributed to the named trust beneficiaries or to the heirs of the estate. Depending on the type of trust involved, assets may be distributed outright to the named beneficiaries, or they may be held in trust for the future benefit of the named beneficiaries. If there is no trust, assets will either be distributed outright to heirs named in a will, or by statute, or held by a guardian named by the court until an heir reaches the age of majority.

During this time, we may also need to have appraisals of major assets completed in order to get a clear picture of what the decedent’s net worth was for estate tax purposes. Additionally, the title of trustor other estate assets may need to be changed to indicate new ownership by the named beneficiary outright or under a continuing trust.

All of this can be a hugely complicated and time consuming, but it is our goal to transfer assets as quickly and smoothly as possible, resolve outstanding issues, and ensure that everything occurs within the applicable legal deadlines.

Our Trust and Estate Administration Legal Services

Below, we’ve outlined some of our most common trust and estate administration services. We can accomplish the following duties without unnecessary delay and with utmost respect for your personal privacy and your family relationships.

1.  Identification, collection, and determination of values of assets

2. Payment of all debts, expenses, and taxes from estate and trust assets, with submission of regular accountings

3.  Advice as to disposition of jointly held assets, life insurance, and retirement benefits that pass outside a will or trust

4.  Communicate with CPA for the preparation of state and federal estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer, and gift tax returns

5.  Notifying all heirs and beneficiaries of the trust or estate

6.  Communicating with beneficiaries

Our primary objective is to make this process as easy as possible for you, and minimize the impact of going to court, while also keeping your family out of conflict.

No matter how complex the trust or estate administration process may be, Jill Gregory, a probate, trust and estate administration lawyer, and her team will guide you every step of the way. We work closely with personal representatives, executors, beneficiaries, and other fiduciaries to ensure the terms of the trust are carried out properly. At the same time, we’ll make the process as understandable and stress-free as possible for the trustee.

Get Started Today

If you are ready to get started and you know that your family deserves the kind of protection, guidance, and love we provide for a lifetime, click the button below or call us at 949-514-8842 (Southern California) or 530-581-5455 (Northern California) to schedule your Planning Session.

Alternatively, if you have questions, schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with Jill—this is a great way to ask your questions, learn more about us, and determine whether Jill Gregory Law is the right fit for you and your family.


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