What is a Trustee?

There are two important factors with estate planning, a will and a trust. A will describes who get’s what, and they get it. Whereas, a trust can be more complex. Mainly due to requiring a trustee.

Trusts are a single way of accommodating an underage recipient. Additionally, if there are conditions preventing the recipient from handling accounts, until a beneficiary declares the recipient to be fit for handling his/her benefits, upon which they will receive ownership over the trust.

The most important aspect of trustee’s is that he/she lawfully holds the property title while not receiving any advantages associated with the title. However, if the gifting party has expressed their goal, but failed to provide the name of a trustee, or in the event trustee’s do not uphold their part, a trustee will be determined by the courts.

The primary role of a trustee is to faithfully hold the property. Additionally, a trustee is forbidden to participate in any self-dealing, restricting exchange due to personal gain or interests. Furthermore, lack of honesty can be used as lawful reason for a trustee to be held responsible for lost assets

Trustee Functions

The following are the obligated functions of the trustee:

Ability and Care

How the Trust Agreement is handled is important.

Giving Notice

Notices could regard the trust recipients’ lawful privileges.

Discussing and Providing Information

Trustees need to address all beneficiary inquiries regarding the trust.


Trustees are required to provide recipients consistent records of the payment, recipients, liabilities, and advantages of the trust.


Trusts are directly exclusive to trust recipients’ advantage.

Avoiding Conflicting Situation

An extension of fidelity and an obligation that could occur as recipients are named co-trustee. Typically, a trustee should not be part of exchanges unless approved by the trust itself.

Dividing Trust Property

The Trust property shall not be combined or separated into single assets or non-trust property.


Trustees are responsible for expanding and developing an Asset Allocation Plan, resources shall not remain idle.


Trust terms, recipients and their advantages, or concept of resources are not to be discussed or released to anyone other than the beneficiaries or individuals requiring them for finalizing the trust’s goal.

How to Become a Trustee?

The largest strength of a trustee is their ability to make decisions. They need to be familiar with all important actualities, considering if any guidance is needed from venture guides, bookkeepers, or legal advisors. Typically, first time trustees will.

Be clear with legal responsibilities, be detailed with terms and conditions, honest, and aware of assets, liabilities and potential beneficiaries.

A trustee should stay updated on duties as any fulfillment failures can be used as “Breach of Trust”.

What to Look for in a Trustee?

The following is a list of basic things to look for when choosing a trustee:


Decision-making abilities and integrity are critical attributes.

Management over Trust and Assets

Review investment performances choose someone with sophisticated and well-maintained records. Ideally with tax planning and accounting experience. Also, financial security and recordkeeping shows they have the ability to cover any damages to the trust.

Interaction with the Beneficiary

Trustees should be sensitive, but impartial to beneficiaries, while having the ability to cope with changes in beneficiary circumstances or tax laws.

Because a Trust is a complex process, it is recommended that the Trustee is chosen carefully. By following these guidelines can help you choose the right trustee.