A legal concept called the “rule against perpetuity” prevents a trust from remaining active indefinitely. California law requires that a trust be terminated within 90 years or at the latest 21 years after the death of a living person at the time the trust was created. It's very difficult to challenge a trust, but it can be done by showing that the person who created the trust was incompetent to set it up or that someone forced or coerced them to create it. The trustee's primary goal is to ensure that they distribute assets without leaving any stone unturned.
In general practice, trusts are quickly liquidated once the grantor dies, and the successor trustee ensures a rapid distribution of assets, prioritizing efficiency and the interests of the beneficiaries. For example, a trust may stipulate that assets remain in the trust in the beneficiary's name until they reach a specific age or achieve a specific goal, such as graduating from college or getting married. If you are an heir or beneficiary and believe that the trust's assets have been mismanaged, it is imperative that you seek legal advice. There is one more reason to establish a trust in addition to a will, and that is to eliminate the time and expense that the probate process can entail.
With a few exceptions, it could be said that it's in the best interest of its beneficiaries to have an irrevocable trust end relatively quickly, for example, within a year. However, if the trustee believes that he has been reasonable and that he has met his objectives, he will have to go to court to prove the breach of the trustee duty. In many cases, there is a provision called a “no challenge clause”, or another name is a contractual clause that states that if you contest the trust and lose the case, you will receive $0.00 from your inheritance. Right now, which does not include prepayment of taxes, debts or the sale of properties (if applicable) 120 days after notification or 60 days, you will receive a copy of the Trust.
If you leave a trust to a loved one, it's probably because you want to make sure they're taken care of once you're gone. But once you die, your revocable active trust instantly becomes an irrevocable trust, and that means it can't be changed. To learn more about the timeline of the trust that remains open after death, a free case evaluation is the next best step. If the beneficiary is a minor, the trust may dictate that they do not receive their inheritance until they have reached a certain age.
After finalizing any agreement the decedent had proposed in the Trust, all accounts and assets are accounted for to mitigate any breach of trusteeship obligations.