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Administering a Trust

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8 months 2 weeks ago #27 by dunnep
Administering a Trust was created by dunnep
My question pertains to administering a trust once a spouse is diagnosed with Alzheimers. If one spouse has been diagnosed with Alzheimers and is a co trustee of the trust, can the other spouse just use Power of Attorney or do they need to have to set up a new trust?

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6 months 2 weeks ago #34 by Michael Brumbaugh
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For assets owned by the trust, the trust document controls and names who manages/administers the trust assets and the rules that must be followed. The managers are called the trustee(s). The trust should also spell out what is required to have a disabled trustee removed as trustee.

Generally, the power of attorney is good for managing assets owned by a person (not a trust) and is good while the person is alive. It is common to have some assets owned by the trust and some not. So, both documents are often needed.

I recommend an elder law attorney be consulted to get more detailed information.

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