A trustee is someone who is given the power to manage and administrate things for someone else, which includes handling property, authority, or other forms of responsibility for the benefit of another person.
A trustee can be an individual, an institution, or both.
A trustee can be appointed for
- A charity
- A trust fund
- A will
- Certain types of retirement plans or pensions
- and many more . . .
A trustee has the fiduciary duty to act in the interest of the beneficiary and therefore must:
- Invest trust assets in a conservative manner so that there is reasonable growth but minimum risk
- Administer the trust according to its terms, including distributing trust assets to the beneficiary
- Make any decisions that arise according to the provisions of the trust, such as when the beneficiary may receive payments
- Prepare records, statements, and tax returns and keep all records on file
How It Works
Terms to Know:
Settlor / Grantor—the person who sets up the trust
Beneficiary—the person who will receive the trust assets
Successor Trustee—someone who steps in to manage the trust if the original trustee is no longer capable
Trust Assets—assets that are held in a trust