News & Articles

CPA as Client Trustee: Is the Compensation Worth the Liability?

By Christopher D. Carico

Published: WebCPA, July 28, 2009

The family CPA is often the best choice as successor trustee of the family trust.

As a group, CPAs are highly educated, detail oriented, tax-sensitive and cost conscious. Since a trustee’s duties include preparing an annual accounting, filing yearly tax returns, monitoring trust investments and determining distribution amounts to be given to beneficiaries, CPAs ordinarily possess all the needed skills. While it may make the most…

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Trusts & Estates: Escaping the LPS Revolving Door

California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 16, Issue 1, 2010

by Christopher D. Carico | Partner & James E. Spar, M.D.

I. Introduction

An LPS conservatorship allows involuntary mental health treatment for individuals who are presently gravely disabled as a result of mental illness or chronic alcoholism.1 It is designed for individuals that cannot or will not voluntarily accept treatment. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not the only option for involuntary mental health treatment…

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Satisfying the UPIA through Professional Investment Advice and the Creation of the Investment Policy Statement

This article was originally published in California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 13, Issue 4, 2008

By Christopher D. Carico |Partner

Larry K. Prutch, CFP, CIMA, Institutional Consulting Director,** and Cengiz Volkan, CFP, CIMA, Institutional Consulting Director***

I. Introduction

The Uniform Prudent InvestorAct (“UPIA”) imposes complex investment requirements on private trustees.1 Estate planning attorneys protect trustee-clients by participating in the creation of a detailed investment policy statement (“IPS”), which documents the investment…

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