How Long Does Fiduciary Duty Last

December 16, 2022

hands holding fiduciary duty in an courtIf you’re a fiduciary to someone else, then you have a fiduciary duty to look out for their best interests. It’s the responsibility toward another person, party, or parties – failure to do so could result in a breach of fiduciary duty – which is punishable by law. If you feel that your fiduciary has breached their duty, talk with business litigation attorneys in Palm Beach, FL, to protect your assets and rights.

What Is Fiduciary Duty?

A fiduciary has a lot of duties; there isn’t just one.

The primary duty of a court or self-appointed fiduciary is to look out for the individual and to put their interests first, before the fiduciary’s. Another duty is to refrain from serving self-interests or exploiting the individual they have been designated to represent.

A fiduciary is responsible for acting for someone else – which means it’s a very serious and significant appointment.

How Long Does Fiduciary Duty Last?

Depending on the type of arrangement or transaction that the fiduciary is a part of, the fiduciary duty can last a lifetime.

In other instances, such as fiduciary duty in real estate, the duties may only extend to the duration of the transaction. Still, the confidentiality duty will last forever – long past the sale or purchase is complete.

The only exception to breaching fiduciary duty, such as maintaining confidence, is when you’re under the court’s orders.

So, what if the fiduciary slacks on their duties or if there’s concern about a violation of some kind?

This is where an attorney comes in and could help. Another of the fiduciary’s responsibilities is to remain legal and ethical, so if they breach this in some way, it could be a legal matter. Make sure to garner legal advice and counsel to protect yourself.

Do You Need Legal Help Relating to Fiduciary Duty?

Since fiduciary duty can last a lifetime, report any concerns or breaches right away. It’s in your best interest to talk with business litigation attorneys in Palm Beach, FL, at The Law Office of Robert Eckard & Associates, P.A.

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