Trustees’ Duties and Your Rights

When creating your Trust, it goes without saying that you spend a considerable amount of time selecting a trusted family member or friend to serve as your Trustee. The California Probate Code provides that the Trustee shall invest and manage trust assets as a prudent investor would, by considering the purposes, terms, distribution requirements, and other circumstances of the Trust. To satisfy such a standard, the Trustee must exercise reasonable care, skill, and caution in investing and managing your trust assets.

With respect to the beneficiaries, a Trustee has the duty to administer the trust solely in the interest of the beneficiaries. During the trust administration, the Trustee has the duty to keep the beneficiaries reasonably informed of the trust and its administration. In addition, the Trustee must inform the beneficiary of certain events, such as the death of the settlors or the change of a Trustee. Unless the Trust indicates otherwise, you as beneficiary have the right to request a copy of the Trust.
In the event the Trustee fails to perform any of the duties laid out in the California Probate Code, the Trustee may be compelled to act, or be removed, by the Court on its own motion or on a petition of a settlor or beneficiary.
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