Designating IRA Beneficiaries & Using Trusts as Beneficiaries of IRA’s | JDKatz, P.C. | Maryland & Washington D.C. Estate Planning Attorneys

Designation of IRA and other retirement account beneficiaries can be a complicated decision for most clients, and Trusts which hold individual retirement accounts are even more complicated. When they converge — for instance, when someone names a trust as a beneficiary to an IRA — things can go very wrong, and that can be very expensive.  Inherited IRA’s naming outright beneficiaries, classes of beneficiaries, or the estate of the decedent, often become a bone of contention in estate administration, and improper planning, or lack of knowledge can expose practitioners to serious consequences, and potential claims of malpractice.