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Celebrity Estates: Tom Carvel and Why Having Too Many Executors Can Melt an Estate

Thinking he was covering all his bases, Tom Carvel of Carvel Ice Cream appointed no fewer than seven executors to manage his estate upon his death. Unfortunately, having so many hands in the pot turned out to be a recipe for disaster. 

 

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In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, is joined by James Bertles, managing director at Tiedemann Advisors and head of the firm’s Palm Beach office.

Today’s celebrity example is Tom Carvel of Carvel Ice Cream, the creator of soft serve and one of the founding fathers of the franchise system in America. 

Thinking he was covering all his bases, Carvel appointed no fewer than seven executors to manage his estate upon his death. Unfortunately, having so many hands in the pot turned out to be a recipe for disaster. 

Now, Jim and David discuss what can go wrong when a client appoints too many executors to their estate. They uncover how you can help clients make wise decisions about who to appoint as trustees and executors –– and particularly, how to avoid selecting people who could potentially have a conflict of interest when making decisions.

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In this episode, you will learn:

  • The difference between the roles of executor and trustee; 
  • What tends to spark disputes between trustees and beneficiaries;
  • Why having several executors can be counterproductive and complicate an estate;
  • What qualities make for a good executor;
  • How to politely play devil’s advocate with your clients to make sure they’re choosing the right executors and trustees; 
  • And more!

Tune in to help your clients learn from Tom Carvel’s mistake of appointing too many executors! 

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