We are the kind of Trustee that wants to do things “Your Way”.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to have total control of every aspect of your life, we have a service for you! We believe that each person has the ability to choose the life he/she wants.
We serve as Licensed Private Trustees and Executors. We are not a bank or a trust company, so we can customize our services to your needs and retain your investment plan (we don’t have an “investment department” or “proprietary investment products”). We are private professionals who specialize in Estate Administration, Trust Management, Probate Administration, Estate Settlement and Fiduciary Accounting.
We each serve under your written Estate Plan as:
Trustee · Executor · Agent for Finance · Agent for Health Care
Clay B. Spiegel, CPA, CLPF
Certified Public Accountant
California Licensed Professional Fiduciary #608
Marguerite C. Lorenz, CTFA, CLPF
Certified Trust and Financial Advisor
California Licensed Professional Fiduciary #319
Jane B. Lorenz, CPA, CLPF
Certified Public Accountant
California Licensed Professional Fiduciary #314
We are Specialists in:
- Trust Administration
- Trust & Estate Accounting
- Probate Administration
- Estate Settlement
- Court Accountings
- 1041/541 Tax Return Preparation
Jane B. Lorenz, CPA, CLPF has served as a Private Trustee for more than 20 years. Marguerite C. Lorenz, CTFA, CLPF has been Jane’s partner since 2003. Jane and Marguerite have served individually on more than 100 trusts, with almost 30 years of combined experience. Both Jane and Marguerite actively encourage professionals in the Estate Planning Arena to do their best for the most vulnerable members of our community; the disabled and the elderly.
“Ethics for Trustees” has been written to motivate and educate anyone and everyone who serves as Trustee; Professional Fiduciaries, Attorneys, Family Members, CPA’s, Friends, etc. Those people who are contemplating their own Estate Plan should read this book as the selection of the individual who administers the Trust, the Trustee, is as important as the documents themselves.
Jane and Marguerite have developed a great staff team within their accountancy corporation (Lorenz Fiduciary Services, Inc.), continue their education in Fiduciary topics and deeply enjoy their work as Trustees. They believe that everyone has the ability to live at choice and this book is labor of love to encourage good choices. Marguerite is Jane’s stepdaughter (they met when Marguerite was just 6 years old). Clay Spiegel, CPA, Jane’s son, has joined their practice and is currently going through the Fiduciary licensing process.
Their office of operations is in Fallbrook, staffed by 5 team members. They keep meeting offices in La Jolla/UTC and Rancho Bernardo, San Diego County, California. Jane, Clay and Marguerite share a large extended family which celebrates milestones and holidays together.
The “Business of LifeTM“
What will happen when you are no longer able to care for yourself or the “Business of LifeTM“?
Many people feel obligated to choose a family member or friend to do the work after a death or loss of capacity. This family member may soon feel overwhelmed by the numerous details and deadlines; the expectations of other family members and the financial consequences. What many don’t realize is that it takes about three years to close an estate in California. Is your friend or family member prepared to handle such a long project? What if it takes longer?
There are usually provisions in the trust and estate planning documents that instruct how to change Trustees. If the family member would like to resign from the job, contact the attorney to find out how. Jane, Marguerite and Clay are often named in the documents after a family member (or the co-trustees) have had enough. Learn more about preventing this kind of upset.
Our service is an alternative that contributes to family peace: A professional insured Private Trustee who is usually less costly than an inexperienced, busy, family member.
We do not publish our fees as, when we go to work, and what we do for you, depends on your particular needs and circumstances. We discuss what we charge to do this work, when you meet with us, in person. We want to know that we are the right fit, before we accept your case.
If you have ever hired a CPA to prepare your tax return, or a lawyer to handle your legal affairs, why would you select an amateur (who you love) to do the difficult, detailed work involved in closing your estate? If you answered YES, watch this short video.