What are the benefits of using a corporate trustee?

 In Asset Protection Planning, Estate Planning, Probate

The decision of who to name as trustee of your Trust is an important one. An option available to you when making this decision is to designate a corporate trustee, a company that will manage the assets in your trust in place of an individual trustee. Some of the advantages of choosing a corporate trustee include:

-Corporate trustees typically have extensive experience managing Trusts

-Corporate trustees are not as susceptible to emotional influence when managing Trusts as family members might be

-Using a corporate trustee removes the potential for conflict among family members who want to be named individual trustee

-Corporate trustees generally have considerable resources available to them when managing Trusts that individual trustees might lack

That said, there are, of course, several disadvantages to choosing a corporate trustee over an individual one. Examples of these are:

-Corporate trustees are often more expensive than individual trustees

-Corporate trustees might not be as familiar with your exact situation as an individual trustee might be

-Corporate trustees might not account for the emotional ramifications of asset management decisions to the extent that an individual trustee might be

Whether you name a corporate or an individual trustee, it is important to name a successor trustee in the event that the one you named is not able to serve. For help drafting a Trust, or to review an existing Trust, please call the elder law and estate attorneys of Bach, Jacobs & Byrne, P.A. at (941) 906-1231 to set up a consultation.

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