Trustees manage your assets, handle day-to-day financial matters and ensure a smooth transition of assets to your heirs. We are held to the highest standard of care, “a fiduciary duty,” when following your written wishes.
A trustee’s duty includes understanding and following the terms of the trust, managing clients’ assets, maintaining or selling a residence, managing a commercial property, and ensuring the timely filing of tax returns. These are some significant examples, and there may be more depending on your estate.
A trustee should also be able to communicate clearly and on a regular basis with beneficiaries. It is important to keep everyone informed as to the activities performed on behalf of the estate to elicit trust and provide peace of mind.
The role of trustee is a highly significant one given the breadth of financial and legal duties. Who should provide your trustee services, given this important role? There are many questions to ask such as:
Bishop Fiduciary Services, Ltd. has over 20 years' experience providing trustee services to high-net-worth clients throughout the Bay Area. We can act as your trustee, executor as well as your Power of Attorney for Health Care and Finances. We bring deep experience in working with complex family estate plans, coordinating services with trusted family advisors, and communicating with heirs.
We provide trust services for a variety of trusts including Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts (such as Bypass or Exemption Trusts, QTIP Marital, Charitable Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts and Special Needs Trusts). We also provide administrative services for additional estate planning vehicles such as FLP’s, LLC’s.
We work with highly skilled service providers including investment advisors, CPA’s, realtors, and care management firms. We have the flexibility to work with clients’ trusted advisors. We require regular reporting from all service providers to ensure needs and goals stay on track. We provide timely, professional communication to all interested parties.
Each family is unique, and they need expert and guided trust and financial services. Our passion and purpose are clear: A commitment to working with clients and making sure to follow their estate plans according to their wishes.
We invite you to contact us to discuss your particular needs. It would be our pleasure to provide referrals as well as review your estate plans to make sure you are “trustee ready.”