WHAT ARE “LETTERS TESTAMENTARY?”

Letters testamentary (aka "letters of administration" or "letters of representation") refers to the official document issued by the relevant probate court authorizing the administrator (“executor” if there is a will, or “personal representative” if no will), to take control of a deceased person's estate.

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What kind of power of appointment should you include? Should you include provisions for an administrative trust, or a trust protector? What about a resulting common trust for your children? Which marital funding option should you use upon the death of the first spouse? How should you balance the desire for asset protection for the surviving spouse, with a step-up in basis for the trust assets? Should you name your trust as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy? These are questions that generally cannot (and should not) be answered by laypeople, but are integral to the trust drafting process.