After someone passes away, the executor or trustee is responsible for carrying out the wishes of the deceased person and settling the estate. This could include paying bills, settling debts, filing taxes, selling assets, etc. Eventually, it is time for the beneficiaries to receive their inheritance. While it may be tempting to “take the money and run”, this may put their inheritance immediately in danger. Those who are receiving an inheritance from a trust may have opportunities to protect the money they receive from current (or future) problems.