Call For Your Free Consultation
View Practice Areas

What a trustee should know about a trust settlement

Being a successor trustee of someone's revocable living trust is not something that people do every day. In fact, many people will never do it. That is why most people are unfamiliar with how to complete a trust settlement.

There are six main steps:

  1. Do inventory. The best place to start is by gathering all of the decedent's estate planning documents and other relevant papers. Make a list of all assets and special instructions.
  2. Meet with a trust attorney to go over the documents with you. Find out if anything will need to go through probate. For instance, if the decedent had a pour-over will and assets need to be added to the trust, those items will be subject to probate. Your trust attorney can handle the probate process for you.
  3. Place values on the decedent's assets as of the date of death. Some things may need a professional appraiser to determine their worth.
  4. Pay the decedent's final bills before anything gets dispersed. You may have to sell some of the assets to pay bills or taxes owed by the decedent.
  5. File the decedent's final income and/or state taxes.
  6. Distribute property, assets or money to the beneficiaries as instructed in the trust.

If there are items that are in probate, the beneficiaries of those items will have to wait until probate is complete before they receive them. You will need to continue to work closely with the trust attorney throughout the process. Probate can sometimes take up to a year or longer; however, the trust settlement is not complete until it is final, and all assets have been properly distributed.

Source: The Balance, "Estate Planning Settle a Revocable Trust After the Trustmaker Dies," Julie Garner, accessed Dec. 15, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Get Your Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Denver Office

4155 East Jewell Avenue, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 720-588-4894
Fax: 303-758-8237

Maps & Directions

Satellite Locations

We have office locations in Arvada, Broomfield, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins, Lakewood, Littleton, and Lone Tree.

View Satellite Locations