With Florida Trust Litigation on the rise, it is important that trustees preform their duties properly.
One of the primary duties of a Florida Trust trustee is to keep accurate records of all acts performed by him in regards to the trust estate. In Florida, trustees have this duty, known as an accounting, which requires providing these records to the trust beneficiaries. The trustee's accounting should be a reasonably understandable report from the date of the last accounting, or from the date on which the trustee became accountable, that adequately discloses the information required.
Fla. Stat. § 736.08135(2) states the requirements of an accounting:
a) The accounting must begin with a statement identifying the trust, the trustee furnishing the accounting, and the time period covered by the accounting.
b) The accounting must show all cash and property transactions and all significant transactions affecting administration during the accounting period, including compensation paid to the trustee and the trustee's agents. Gains and losses realized during the accounting period and all receipts and disbursements must be shown.
c) If feasible, the accounting must identify and value trust assets on hand at the close of the accounting period. For each asset or class of assets reasonably capable of valuation, the accounting shall contain two values, the asset acquisition value and the estimated current value.
Not everyone is entitled to an accounting and while if the grantor is the trustee, the accounting can be waived. There are many other provisions of the Florida Statutes that deal with accountings. If you are a trustee of a Florida trust or a qualified beneficiary of a Florida Trust and want to find out about your rights, you should contact a Jacksonville Estate Planning Lawyer or Florida Estate Planning Lawyer to discuss you options.