Attorney Retainer Letters

by Joshua Malone

An attorney retainer letter diminishes some of the risk of fiduciary and probate bonds. The letter states the principal on the bond – the administrator, executor, or guardian – will keep their attorney involved throughout the entire duration of the principal’s appointment. Sureties prefer to maintain the attorney’s involvement during these appointments because attorneys have […]

Advance Payment Bond

by Joshua Malone

An advance payment bond provides an estate’s executor or administrator an early release of funds for a specific purpose. The bond guarantees the return of an advance payment if the court later finds the executor or administrator wrongly took the money. The court reviews the estate upon approval of the estate’s final accounting. Most executors […]

Administration Bond

by Joshua Malone

Surrogates require administrators to obtain an administration bond guaranteeing their faithful distribution of the deceased’s assets (when the deceased lacks a “Will and Final Testament.”) When a person dies intestate, it means they died without leaving behind a “Will and Final Testament.”* A will specifies whom the deceased intends to leave their belongings to. Without […]