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Selecting a Trustee

What is it?

In general

A trustee is a person (or institution) selected to administer a trust. A trustee’s role is to adhere to the terms of the trust document and fulfill its objectives. A trustee can be an individual (professional or nonprofessional) or a corporate trustee, such as a bank or trust company. You, as the grantor, should choose a trustee carefully because an inappropriate choice could invalidate the trust and have serious tax consequences. You must also weigh many other personal, family, business, investment, and nontax concerns. For a large or complicated trust, a combination of individual and corporate trustees may best provide the expertise needed to manage the trust with the flexibility to respond to beneficiaries’ changing needs.

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