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My mother and stepfather have a revocable (living) trust.

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My mother and stepfather have a revocable (living) trust. Mother recently passed away. 92 year old stepfather has been found by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be incompetent to manage personal affairs. His children are attempting to sell trust assets before he dies. Is there a way to stop this? He has four children and she (mom) has four children, all of whom are beneficiaries of the trust. Since he is incompetent and his kids are beneficiaries does this make them ineligible to make direct decisions regarding trust assets?

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New Mexico

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I have a copy of the VA incompetency finding and a summary of the trust.

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I don't want to prevent my stepfather from using funds that will facilitate his care. I went through months of work to get the VA aid and attendance pension to help him and my mom pay for assisted living. After her death he is still entitled to $1700 per month for aid and attendance. He also has Social Security income of $1,900 per month and other pensions of approx. $1,000 per month. He is now living in an independent living apartment that is approx. $1,700/month and has meals, laundry, cleaning services provided for approx $1,000/month.

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Good afternoon,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your family's situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

The children have no legal way of selling off the assets of the Trust or distributing the assets of the trust while either of your parents/stepparents are living. If one parent has passed and the other was recently ruled incompetent, then the Successor Trustee (named in the Trust) will need to speak with a local probate attorney about becoming the official Successor Trustee and take over the handling of the trust. However, it is highly unlikely that the Successor Trustee will be able to anything with the trust---other than maintain it---until your step-father has passed.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Thank you for your rapid response. It is disconcerting that one of my stepsisters, who is power of attorney for my stepfather, seems to think there is nothing wrong with her dad (she is in denial). She says that her dad wants to sell the house. I am concerned that the trust states
"Any Trustee/Grantor has the power and authority to manage and control, buy, sell, and transfer the trust property, in such manner as the Trustee may deem advisable, and shall have, enjoy and exercise all powers and rights over and concerning said property and the proceeds thereof as fully and amply as though said Trustee were the absolute and qualified owner of same, including the power to grant, bargain, sell and convey, encumber and hypothecate real and personal property, and the power to invest in corporate obligations of every kind, stocks, preferred or common and to buy stocks, bonds and similar investments on margin or other leveraged accounts, except to the extent that such management would cause includability of an irrevocable trust in the Estate of a Trustee."
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Should I file Lis Pendens or some other form of cease and desist or restraining order?

Again, only your step father, if he is competant, or the successor trustee if he is not competant has the right to run the trust.

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