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What Should the Trustee of a Private ESOP Do?

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently entered into an agreement with GreatBanc Trust Company settling claims relating to its service as trustee of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) holding stock of a private company....more

DOL Settlement Is a Cautionary Tale for ESOP Trustees

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently settled a case involving an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) that provides guidance but also a warning for trustees and employers contemplating ESOP transactions that later go awry....more

Caution Required When Creating Self-Directed IRA's

You may be one of the many entrepreneurial folks who have created or want to create a self-directed IRA in order to make investments in real property, oil and gas interests, operating businesses, private placements and the...more

In Frank Aragona Trust, Tax Court Holds that Trustees’ Activities as Employees Count for Purposes of Material Participation Under...

The issue of whether a trust has passive or non-passive income from its investment in a pass-through entity has taken on increased importance in light of the tax imposed on net investment income under Code Section 1411 of the...more

Does the settlor of a trust have standing to seek its enforcement in the courts?

As a general rule, any beneficiary of a trust would have standing to seek its enforcement in the courts. The Restatement (Third) of Trusts is sending mixed signals as to whether the settlor of a trust, qua settlor, would have...more

Flaa v. Montano, C.A. No. 9146-VCG (Del. Ch. May 29, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this post-trial decision in a proceeding pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 225, the Court of Chancery invalidated stockholder action by written consent on the ground that the proxy solicitation materials failed to disclose an...more

Borrowers Can Avoid Liability Even After a Trustee’s Sale

Since a lender must have a valid debt and valid lien to conduct a trustee’s sale, a borrower that allows the foreclosure sale to occur impliedly agrees that the debt and lien are valid. In Madison v. Groseth and BT Capital,...more

Sixth Circuit: ERISA’s Whistleblower Provision Doesn’t Protect Giving Information

The Sixth Circuit (in a 2-1 decision) recently held that ERISA Section 510 does not protect unsolicited employee complaints. See Sexton v. Panel Processing, Inc., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 8752 (6th Cir. May 9, 2014). Plaintiff...more

Lenders Beware – the Steinberger decision leaves lenders vulnerable to a defaulting homeowner's delay tactics

As if lenders don't have enough on their plates, dealing with a slowly rebounding economy and debtors struggling to make payments, on January 30, 2014, the Arizona Court of Appeals issued a decision that is bound to wreak...more

Filing Obligations for Trusts in France: Annual Filing Deadline One Month From Today on 15 June

The annual filing imposed on trustees must be submitted by 15 June on new, dedicated forms published by the French tax authorities, and in the French language. ...more

Wealth Management Update - May 2014

May Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The May § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Bankruptcy Trustee’s Action For Crop Reinsurance Proceeds Is Time-Barred

A federal district court has held that a bankruptcy trustee’s action to compel payment of crop insurance proceeds is time-barred by virtue of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (FCIA) and the insurance policies’ arbitration...more

Frank Aragona Trust: A Taxpayer Win

In a case of first impression, Frank Aragona Trust v. Commissioner, 142 T.C. No. 9 (Mar. 27, 2014), the Tax Court held that a trust could materially participate in a trade or business based upon the activities of the...more

What Right Does an Estate Trustee Have To Sell Real Estate?

Taking on the role of estate trustee can involve many challenges, both legally and otherwise. Being an estate trustee where the deceased assets include real estate can carry with it additional challenges which must be...more

Is a quiet (silent) trust illusory?

Is a quiet or silent trust illusory? The question is intentionally ambiguous. Is the question whether the trust itself is illusory, or just its quietness? A quiet or silent trust has been defined as “an irrevocable trust...more

Unpaid Employer Contributions as Plan Assets: Expansion Of Liability Under ERISA

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), requires trustees of multiemployer pension and benefit funds to collect contributions required to be made by contributing employers under their...more

Interaction fo Trustee Indemnities and Liability Insurance

When a trustee is sued for breach of trust and claims against his professional indemnity insurers, questions often arise as to the extent to which the trustee must first pursue any other rights of indemnity (for example...more

Round-up of Recent Decisions Relevant to Trustee and Protector Liability and Indemnities

There continue to be an increasing number of offshore Court judgments considering the nature and extent of an offshore trustee’s liability to third parties (including third parties in foreign jurisdictions), and the rights of...more

Which Courts Have Jurisdiction to Deal with Claims Against Offshore Trustees?

There have been a number of cases decided recently by offshore Courts (particularly in Jersey and Bermuda), in which the Courts have had to consider the scope of their jurisdiction to determine disputes relating to trusts...more

Lenders and Servicers: Be Aware of How Trustees Handle Excess Proceeds from HOA Foreclosure Sales in Nevada

Lenders and servicers have been addressing the issue of some Nevada courts ruling that a foreclosure sale by a homeowners association (HOA) "wipes out" a senior deed of trust. Since the date of our last legal alert on this...more

Say It Isn't So – Has Pennsylvania Adopted No Fault Trustee Removal?

Apparently, nothing is sacred. In yet another opinion that chips away at long standing fiduciary principles, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion that seems to adopt no fault trustee removal in Pennsylvania....more

Why infect the law of trusts with good faith doctrine?

The law’s good faith principle has traditionally regulated legal relationships, such as the contractual relationship. Equity’s more intense fiduciary principle has generally regulated equitable relationships, such as the...more

Anti-Huber Planning

Asset protection trusts promise their settlors the best of many worlds. They allow a grantor to give away assets to a trust and remove them (and any future appreciation in the trust assets) from their taxable estate. However,...more

Anti-Deficiency Protection Held Not to Extend to Vacant, Unimproved Residential Lots

In a recent opinion, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that borrowers who obtained a loan secured by a vacant, unimproved residential lot are not protected from a deficiency judgment following a non-judicial trustee’s sale of...more

Orphans' Court Update - The Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney Client Privilege

The Attorney Client Privilege is sacrosanct. It is the one privilege that Courts consistently uphold. So, it may surprise you to learn that there is a long-standing fiduciary exception to the attorney client privilege....more

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