How do you replace a Trustee? The answer depends on the language in your Trust document. Most trusts have a specific section that outlines the procedure in which a Trustee can be replaced.

Some Trustees step down willingly. In certain instances, you can have a Trustee sign a document called a Resignation by Trustee, and

Partner Keith A. Davidson discusses the difficult path of Trustee removal in California Trust cases.  While not impossible, removing a Trustee can be harder than you think.

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How do you get a private trustee to take action?  A parent dies, one or more of the kids take over as trustee, and nothing happens.  The assets of the Trust aren’t gathered together (called marshaling assets), notice is not given to the beneficiaries (as required under P.C. section 16061.7), beneficiaries are kept in the

Two things will get a Trustee removed quickly: death and stealing.  By stealing I mean really stealing—like tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars missing or misappropriated. 

But what about Trustees who violate their fiduciary duties but haven’t (1) died, or (2) stolen large sums of money?  Those Trustees can be harder to remove