Professional Trustee: What Is It and Should I Use One?

fiduciary, agent carefully reading business papers in officeIf you have created a trust, you have likely appointed yourself or someone close to you as your trustee. Many people do this, and there are advantages. However, there are situations in which it can be to your benefit to appoint a professional trustee in California to oversee your estate. At Keyes Law Group, our San Jose, CA, trust attorney will help you understand every matter in your trust, including what a professional trustee does and why you should have one.

What Is a Professional Trustee?

When it comes to managing a personal trust, a professional trustee can play a critical role. This trustee can be either an individual or an organization, commonly referred to as a “Fiduciary,” which is responsible for ensuring that the trust is managed effectively and that the interests of the beneficiaries are protected. It is important to note that the appointed professional trustee must not be a trust beneficiary, which ensures that they remain unbiased and impartial when making decisions regarding the trust.

When deciding how to find a professional trustee, you will want to look for a legal organization with experience in various areas. These include last wills and testaments, revocable trusts, power of attorney, and property transfers. A legal firm will have the experience, resources, and professional team to manage your trust effectively.

What Are the Duties of a Professional Trustee?

Professional trustees can have varying responsibilities, depending on the trust’s specifics and the beneficiaries’ needs. However, there are some fundamental duties that trustees are typically responsible for. The following are some general duties that a trustee is often required to perform in the course of their work:

Further, a professional trustee’s responsibilities could include resolving beneficiary disputes, overseeing various business interest, and communicating status with beneficiaries.

When Should You Use a Professional Trustee?

Many people often choose a close friend or family member to act as their trustee. However, there are several reasons why it is in your best interest to hire a trustee. These include:

If you are looking for a professional trustee in California, you need someone or an organization with both experience and compassion to handle your trust.

Choose the Right San Jose Trust Attorney

Estate planning can be complex and overwhelming, but with over 10 years of experience, Keyes Law Group is well-equipped to help you navigate the process. Our team is dedicated to creating personalized estate plans that meet your needs.

We offer a range of services, including wealth planning, family transfers, dynasty trusts, and conservatorships. Additionally, we can assist with probate issues, special needs trusts, and elder law matters. With a San Jose trust attorney from Keyes Law Group on your side, you can have peace of mind knowing that your best interests are always at the forefront. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you plan for the future.


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