Christie Tournet's answer The Trust document usually spells that out. Without knowing type of trust, or reviewing trust document, difficult to answer. But, generally speaking, the "Settlor" creates the trust for the beneficiaries. The trust generally continues for a specific timeline relative to the Beneficiaries, or class of beneficiaries. The fact that one of the settlors passed, should not change that over-riding concern too much. But, if you are talking about a revocable living trust and a settlor was also a...
Christie Tournet's answer Possibly. But, you really need to go over the specific circumstances with counsel well versed in estate planning and local to you. It is likely that no gift and estate tax consequence would arise given the current exemption of $11MM, but technically, a gift return could be required. Also, to the extent that your mother required government assistance via Medicaid, the donation could become a problem - potentially disqualifying her for a period of time.
Christie Tournet's answer A directive/authorization for cremation can be made by a Testator to an individual, other than a family member, in a valid Louisiana Will. Typically, that is the only way to get around the family requirement. You mention that you previously had POA for the Decedent, but not sure of the scope of the Will. If this authorization was not provided in a valid Will format, then LA law provides a ranking of classes of family that can provide the authorization - surviving spouse, then a majority of...
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Douglas Lee Bryan's answer Yes, there are some steps you can take. It's difficult to be specific with exactly what I would recommend with the limited information available, however. Filing to interdict your father may be an option, or perhaps filing for injunctive relief against the alleged perpetrator. I'd be happy to discuss this matter with you further if you'd like to call or email. Good luck.
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