Much is said about the care a successor trustee on a trust must exercise. But, how does the non-lawyer to whom such duties are given protect himself and avoid being caught in a crossfire between unhappy beneficiaries and the successor trustee' who, perhaps, over-delegated and now might blame the 'non-lawyer'?
If you are a "successor trustee" that means you have not yet been appointed to be an acting trustee and you probably don't have any responsibilities until the event occurs that makes you a trustee. When such an event occurs you should consult with an estate attorney immediately. Likely the trust, not you, pays for the consultation. At that meeting you need to address a number of points.
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