Who are the interested parties to an estate or trust?

As you begin the process of implementing your loved one’s estate plan, you will soon discover that many laws, forms, and guidelines reference “interested parties.” Unfortunately, if you have never administered an estate or trust in the past, this term is rather vague. It is important to understand who the interested parties are because they are entitled to certain rights and protections under the law.

Examples of Potential Interested Parties to an Estate or Trust

To help you better understand who the interested parties to an estate or trust might be, the following are some common examples:

  1. Creditors of the estate
  2. Creditors of the decedent
  3. Creditors of the trust
  4. Heirs-at-law
  5. Devisees and legatees under the will
  6. The decedent’s spouse
  7. The decedent’s children
  8. Charities named in the will or trust to receive property
  9. Entities named in the will or trust to receive property
  10. A trust, if the will directs that property be given to the trust

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James F. Roberts
Founder and owner of the Law Office of James F. Roberts and Associates, a premiere estate planning law firm