Compassionate Support and Guidance Throughout the Trust Administration Process

We are dedicated to helping you navigate the legal and administrative tasks associated with the trust administration process, allowing you to focus on healing and honoring your loved one’s memory.

Trust Administration

Trust administration is the process of managing trust assets, settling financial affairs, and making distributions to beneficiaries after the death of the trust creator (sometimes referred to as the Trustor, Settlor, or Grantor).

When a loved one passes away, the process of trust administration can feel overwhelming, especially during a time of grief and mourning. At Premier Legacy Law, we understand the challenges you face, and we are here to provide compassionate support and guidance throughout the trust administration process.

As a Trustee, or manager of the trust, you hold a significant responsibility to ensure the proper administration of the trust. Our experienced team will provide you with the necessary guidance to fulfill your duties in accordance with the applicable law and the terms of the trust. We understand the complexities of trust administration and will work closely with you to handle all legal requirements and obligations.


Navigating the Trust Administration Process

Have you been named as a Trustee and need help navigating the trust administration process? If so, you do not need to go through the trust administration process alone. Our experienced team is here to help you navigate the process with care and efficiency, allowing you to focus on your family and healing. If your loved one created a trust to hold their assets, there are important tasks that need to be completed. We are here to assist you with all aspects of trust administration including the preparation of necessary documentation, sending required notices, locating and managing trust assets, dealing with creditors and taxes, as well as handling distributions to beneficiaries. Below are some examples of how we can help during the trust administration process.

  • Locating Assets: We will help you identify and locate all assets held in the trust, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the estate.
  • Communication: Effective communication with beneficiaries is crucial during the trust administration process. We will guide you to ensure that beneficiaries are informed throughout the process. Our goal is to minimize any potential conflicts and create a harmonious environment throughout the trust administration process.
  • Debt Resolution: We will work with you to address any outstanding debts and obligations, ensuring that all rightful creditors are paid.
  • Distribution to Beneficiaries: Depending on the terms of the trust, assets may be distributed outright to beneficiaries or held in trust for their benefit. We will guide you through the process, ensuring that assets are distributed according to the trust’s instructions.

Trust Administration Expertise You Can Rely On

If you need assistance with the trust administration process, we invite you to schedule a complimentary planning meeting. During the planning meeting, we will take the time to understand your unique situation, answer any questions you may have, and provide personalized guidance.

We are here to help you navigate the trust administration process with compassion, care, and efficiency. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary planning meeting and let us assist you during this challenging time. We offer in-person, phone, and virtual appointments as well as weekend appointments to fit your busy schedule. 

Probate and Trust Administration FAQs

What is probate, and why should I try to avoid it?

Probate is the legal process that validates a Will (if one exists) or if there is no Will, it applies the default Colorado laws to settle the decedent’s debts and distribute assets after death. This is often a lengthy and expensive process. Avoiding probate can save time, money, and maintain privacy for your estate.

Generally, the answer is no. However, in some circumstances probate may be avoided in the event the decedent left what is legally referred to as a “small estate” in Colorado. If you are handling someone’s estate, you should consult with an attorney to help determine if you can use the small estate process.

The duration of the probate process varies depending on factors such as the complexity of the estate, assets involved, and court caseload. The minimum amount of time for probate in Colorado is 6 months and a typical probate matter can last between 6 to 12 months.

No, not all assets go through probate. Certain assets that have designated beneficiaries or joint owners can pass automatically upon the owner’s death. These assets include life insurance policies, retirement accounts, bank accounts with payable-on-death designations, and assets held in trusts.

A Personal Representative, formerly known as an Executor or Administrator, is an individual or entity appointed to manage the estate of a deceased person. Their primary responsibilities are to carry out the instructions outlined in the deceased’s will or, in the absence of a will, settle the estate’s debts, and to distribute the remainder of the estate assets to beneficiaries.

A Trustee is an individual or entity appointed to manage a trust on behalf of the beneficiaries. The Trustee is responsible for managing the trust assets as well as ensuring they are invested and maintained appropriately. Ultimately, the trustee must follow the terms of the trust, settle debts, and distribute property to beneficiaries in accordance with the terms of the trust document.

Trust administration is the process of managing and distributing assets held in a trust after the trust creator’s death or incapacity. It involves tasks such as asset valuation, beneficiary notifications, and ensuring the terms of the trust are followed.