If an acting trustee dies, the next successor trustee should assume their role. If there are no successor trustees nominated or they are unable or unwilling to act, the court must take immediate action to ensure that somebody is appointed. Below are common outcomes for who may serve as a successor trustee when the acting trustee dies or is unable to act:
- If there is a co-trustee, he/she may continue to serve alone or with a new co-trustee (depending on the trust terms)
- The next successor trustee named in the trust
- A beneficiary, currently serving trustee, or other party with a financial interest in the trust may petition the court to have a trustee appointed
- If there are no family members or other relatives willing to serve as the trustee, the court may appoint a professional fiduciary to serve as the trustee
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