When naming the trustees to administer a trust, the first people who come to mind are beloved family members. Some people stop there and appoint one of those family members, but they really should think twice before doing so.
When creating trusts, most people are aware that they should appoint someone trustworthy to be the trustee. Most people believe that one of their family members is trustworthy enough to tackle the job.
They are most likely correct about that.
However, there are other considerations to take into account when choosing a trustee and there are a few good reasons why you should consider someone who is not a member of your family.
The Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog recently listed some of those reasons in an article titled “Why It Is a Good Idea to Choose a Non Family Trustee.”
The list includes:
As you can see, there is more to the decision of selecting a trustee than one would think.
Contact an estate planning attorney for some ideas appropriate for your circumstances.
Reference: The Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (June 10, 2015) “Why It Is A Good Idea To Choose A Non Family Trustee.”
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