Can I stop a trustee from removing himself as trustee?
Question Details: I am 1 of 2 beneficiaries of my grandfather's estate. The trustee has distributed funds to someone specifically stated in the Trust docs who was not to get anything. He has both my sister and I who are the 2 beneficiaries. He's never provided accounting and is now trying to remove himself.
You can't stop him from removing himself going forward, since he cannot be made to serve against his will...but that does not prevent him from being held accountable for what he did as trustee and, for example, being forced to repay any amount(s) he improperly (e.g. against trust instructions) distributed. People are always responsible for what they did up to when they step down. You can file an action "for an accounting" to hold him accountable; it would be a good idea to retain a trusts and estates attorney to assist you.
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