Trust & Investments FAQs
Review some of our most frequently asked Trust and Investments questions. We're here to help!
The answer to this question will be different for everyone! Each individual or couple needs to take into consideration income sources (pension, real estate, part-time job), Social Security, health care expenses, living expenses along with retirement savings to determine if they have enough for retirement. Let First Dakota Trust & Investments guide you through the process and assist in meeting your retirement goals.
- A Corporate Trustee is a professional such as a bank trust department or trust company who is a fiduciary that builds, manages and protects your wealth.
- A Corporate Trustee can also assist in planning and distributing estates, taking the burden away from family members.
- When a Corporate Trustee is listed in an estate plan, First Dakota Trust and Investments can assist with a person’s financial affairs when people are no longer able to take care of it themselves. This can be long-term or short-term.
There are several options depending on the type of IRA beneficiary; spouse, non-spouse or non-person to name a few. Let First Dakota Trust & Investments guide you through the process to better understand your options.
An IRA represents a unique opportunity for beneficiaries to take their distribution as a lump sum, over a 5 year period, or over their life expectancy. These distributions may be taxable, but they are not subject to a 10% penalty.
- Individuals who have accounts with named beneficiaries and no other assets, it is unlikely you need a trust. Their estate likely will not be probated (aka “the will being read”).
- A trust avoids the public probate process of an estate and is not needed for everyone. First Dakota Trust & Investments can assist you through the planning phases and work with your estate planning attorney to draft the trust document with you.
If you have died without a will it is called, intestate. There is no document stating how your assets are to be distributed and who will have the authority to make those decisions. A family member, family friend, or professional will need to hire an attorney to petition the court to have a Personal Representative (Executor/Executrix) appointed for your estate. Prior to any bills being paid a judge will have to approve all expenses and distributions. The judge will rely on state law on how to distribute those assets. This process could take as little as 9 -12 months or as long as several years. Don’t allow state law to direct how your estate is distributed. Let First Dakota Trust & Investments guide you through the process and assist in meeting your estate planning goals.
We draw on our knowledge and experience to develop strategies to manage your investments. First Dakota Trust & Investments provides professional management and investment guidance tailored to each client’s goals
No – You can open an investment or retirement account with First Dakota Trust & Investments. We become your professional investment manager and work together to meet your financial goals.
First Dakota Trust & Investments serves as a fiduciary. As a fiduciary we are subject to special legal duties of fidelity and loyalty to our clients. When it comes to investment management, we are required by law to put the interests of our clients ahead of our own.
Please note: securities are not insured by the FDIC or any other bank insurance, are not deposits or obligations of the bank, and are subject to risks, including the possible loss of principal.