When a person with a trust passes away, an appointed trustee takes over handling the deceased’s affairs, such as distribution of assets. The trustee has an obligation to do right by the beneficiaries by fulfilling the trustee’s role as the law requires. If you are a beneficiary in the state of California, you may not be aware that you have rights trustees must respond to. Here are some details about the most important rights you are entitled to regarding trusts.
1. The Right to a Copy of the Trust
Beneficiaries in California have the right to request a copy of the trust they are a part of. This includes amendments to the document, as well as any changes that could alter how the trust’s distributions are released.
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2. The Right to Contest
You also have the right to contest the trust and any changes to the trust. Contesting the trust will most likely litigation, and may complicate distributions.
3. The Right to be Informed
In California, you have the right to be informed about the trust and the trustee. Reports regarding the trust can be requested and must be given to beneficiaries.
4. The Right to Challenge a Trustee
If a trustee has given you reasonable doubt over their judgement or responsibilities with a trust, you are entitled to challenge the duties of that trustee.
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5. The Right to Request an Accounting
Depending on the trust, you have the right as a beneficiary to ask for an accounting of the trust. If applicable to you, ask for an accounting to discover what receipts, disbursements, or distributions have been made by the trustee.
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