Estate & Trust Administration
The death of a loved one is a significantly stressful time that may make you feel overwhelmed and confused. On top of attending to your grief and emotions, if you are named as the Executor of a Will or the Trustee of a trust, you may find yourself even more overwhelmed and uneasy. Oast & Taylor can assist you with navigating this process.
An estate is administered either by an Executor appointed in the Last Will and Testament, or by an Administrator appointed by the court if the deceased individual had no Will. It is the Executor’s responsibility to ensure that the Will’s administration is consistent with the deceased individual’s intent and is in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Executor or Administrator ensures that debts of the estate are paid and assets are distributed to the beneficiaries of the estate.
A trust is administered by a Trustee appointed under the trust and has many of the same duties and responsibilities as an Executor/Administrator.
Understanding Your Responsibilities
Oast & Taylor’s Estate and Trust attorneys can help you with the administration of the estate or trust. If you have been named as an Executor and/or Trustee to perform one of these functions, you may have legal responsibilities to the following:
- The decedent or Grantor of the Trust
- The beneficiaries
- The Internal Revenue Service
- State taxing agencies
- The court overseeing the trust or estate administration
We Can Help
Oast & Taylor is also available to serve in a fiduciary capacity, as Executor of a Will or Trustee of a Trust.
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