In California, a trustee has a significant amount of control over the trust administration process. The trustee has the power to gather the assets of the trust, work with creditors, and distribute the trust assets to the beneficiaries. The trustee also owes the beneficiaries of the trust (and the trust itself) a fiduciary duty to act in their best interests at all times. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and trustees sometimes breach their duties to beneficiaries to the extent that it justifies their removal.
Trustees owe trust beneficiaries a fiduciary duty, which can consist of several specific tasks. These include the duty of loyalty, the duty to act with ordinary care with regard to trust assets, the duty to act impartially with regard to trust beneficiaries, the duty to collect trust assets, and the duty to administer the trust according to its terms.
If a trustee breaches these or any other of the duties imposed by the trust, common law, or the California Probate Code, the beneficiaries may have grounds to remove the trustee.
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