Structuring Trust Protector Provisions: Powers & Duties, Trustee Oversight, Tax and Fiduciary Risks
Avoiding Unintentional Fiduciary Classification, Navigating State Differences
Recording of a 90-minute CLE/CPE webinar with Q&A
This webinar will provide estate planning counsel and advisers with a practical guide to structuring trust protector and directing party provisions into a trust or estate plan. The panel will discuss the specific duties to assign to trust protectors, potential risks to both the trustor and the protector, and will detail jurisdictional challenges in determining when to use a trust protector.
- Powers that may be granted to a trust protector related to oversight of trustee
- Powers that may be granted to trust protectors related to operation or modification of trust terms
- Which states have provisions authorizing the appointment of trust protectors?
- Determining whether a trust protector is a fiduciary
- Trust protector powers that may cause gift or income tax inclusion or loss of GST exemption
The panel will discuss these and other important topics:
- Which states adopt the Uniform Trust Code’s position that a trust protector is a fiduciary unless the trust document specifies differently?
- What trust protector duties or actions can result in gift or income tax consequences?
- What are the risks of using trust protectors to either the trust or the beneficiaries?
- What powers may a trust document grant a trust protector, both in terms of overseeing the trustee’s actions and modifying the terms of the trust?
Alexander A. Bove, Jr.
Partner, Program Chair
Bove & Langa
Mr. Bove's practice focuses on trusts and estates, with over thirty-five years of experience. His practice... | Read More
Mr. Bove's practice focuses on trusts and estates, with over thirty-five years of experience. His practice encompasses domestic and international estate planning, and he is regularly consulted by attorneys and other profeesionals in issures related to crossborder estate planning. He published seven books, including three law books, including The Complete Book of Wills, Estates and Trusts. He is also the editor and contributing author of the two volume set Asset Protection Strategies published by the American Bar Association. He has written and published over 1,000 articles and is a regular contributor of articles to a number of legal journals.Close
Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns
Mr. Kalish focuses his practice on representing individuals and businesses on a broad range of tax and business related... | Read More
Mr. Kalish focuses his practice on representing individuals and businesses on a broad range of tax and business related issues. He counsels clients on estate planning, creating wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, private foundations, and limited partnerships. He also practices in probate administration, asset preservation, business succession planning for family-owned entities, and the division of business interests in the context of divorce. He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of tax and professional ethics.Close
Susan J. Merritt
Senior Vice President | Senior Fiduciary Officer
Ms. Merritt is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Orange County region’s fiduciary practice including... | Read More
Ms. Merritt is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Orange County region’s fiduciary practice including oversight of all trust relationships, management and mitigation of fiduciary risk, review of all new trust business, and oversight of all court related matters including administrative petitions and fiduciary litigation. She also works with select Wealth Management clients and their advisors to develop integrated tax and estate plans based wealth management strategies. Prior to joining Northern Trust, she was a practicing attorney with a large business law firm and focused on domestic and offshore tax and estate planning for high net worth individuals.Close
Elizabeth T. Meck
Vice President | Personal Trust Administration
As a member of the Trust Advisory team, Ms. Meck provides fiduciary and legal expertise in the implementation of... | Read More
As a member of the Trust Advisory team, Ms. Meck provides fiduciary and legal expertise in the implementation of financial, estate and tax plans for high net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and families. Before joining Northern Trust, she practiced as an attorney, specializing in all areas of estate and wealth transfer planning, fiduciary advising, trust and estate administration, and probate litigation. Most recently, she was a member of the Fiduciary Solutions group at Holland & Hart LLP in Denver.Close