How To Sign Documents When You Are Acting As a Trustee

If you are the trustee of a trust, and if you must sign anything on behalf of the trust, you should always sign in your capacity as a trustee, and not in your individual capacity.  For example, John Smith would sign, “John Smith, Trustee.”  By signing as a Trustee, in you will not be individually liable for that action, provided that such action is within the scope of your authority under the trust. If you do not sign a contract as the “trustee” and the contract does not specifically exclude your personal liability, then you could be held personally liable under the contract.

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If you're a resident of California, and a homeowner, then you should clearly put your home into a living trust. A living trust makes probate unnecessary. (We don't like to say "avoiding probate," because that's misleading!) Probate is very expensive – an average home in Alameda will require a probate fee of about $37,000. Also, probate is very slow, and it's done in public. Our law office is dedicated to getting rid of all of the estate planning myths out there, like the "avoiding probate" myth. We want every family in Alameda to enjoy the many benefits of a trouble-free estate. Come to one of our seminars, or call for a free initial appointment at (510) 523- 2100.
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