May 15, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours
The use of “trust protectors” is new and still developing in estate planning. A trust protector stands in the shoes of the settlor, potentially wielding broad powers, ensuring that the settlor’s intent, even after death, is accomplished. Trust protectors may control investment and distribution decisions, hold the power to reform a trust, and to appoint and dismiss trustees. Trust protectors may be the beneficiary or settlor of a trust or someone else. The law in this area is murky at best, with very little case law and statutes that have not been tested. Notwithstanding the ambiguity, many sensitive tax, creditor and financial outcomes depend on the identity, power and actions of the trust protector. In some instances, if you choose the wrong protector, most of the trust’s tax benefits will be lost. This program will provide you with a practical guide to the role, uses and misuses, powers and risks of trust protectors in trust and estate planning.
William Kalish, Akerman Senterfitt, LLP, Florida