Her uncle’s trust was being administered by a friend in Seattle, Washington. Since we were dealing with a trust issue, and not a probate estate, the Virginia caller was very surprised to learn we couldn’t help because jurisdiction was in Settle. She was in such denial, she contacted me three separate times to make sure I had it right. I tried to explain. Trusts don’t die. They are living instruments managed by the Trustee. So it only makes sense that jurisdiction over the trust is wherever the trust is being administered by the trustee. Besides, it’s not uncommon for settlors to fund their trusts with real property and financial accounts located in multiple states.
So when you’re looking for an attorney to help with a trust matter, make sure the proper court jurisdiction is ascertained before getting too involved with the case. You will likely have to change attorneys if the court’s jurisdiction is in another state.