The Trustee’s Compliance Library

Trustees and beneficiaries don’t always see eye-to-eye on issues of trust administration and governance.  For the most part, the reasons for these disagreements are divergent beliefs about responsibility, duty, fairness, and transparency. Then the attorneys are called and nobody wins. At the heart of all of these conflicts is a single issue–did the trustee act…

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A Trustee’s Duty to Independently Monitor Delegates UPIA §9(a)(3)

The Uniform Prudent Investor Act at Section 9(a)(3) directs, “A trustee shall exercise reasonable care, skill and caution by periodically reviewing the agent’s actions in order to monitor the agent’s performance and compliance with the terms of the delegation.” Many trustees implicitly trust the investment advisor to whom they (or their predecessor) delegated investment duties. They…

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UPIA §7 – A Trustee’s Duty to Incur Only Reasonable Costs

“Wasting beneficiaries’ money is imprudent. In devising and implementing strategies for the investment and management of trust assets, trustees are obliged to minimize costs” (National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws).Duty to Pay Only Fair Fees: Section 7 of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act states, “In investing and managing trust assets, a trustee may only…

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UPIA §7 re Duty to Pay Only Fair Fees

“Wasting beneficiaries’ money is imprudent. In devising and implementing strategies for the investment and management of trust assets, trustees are obligated to minimize costs” (National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws). Duty to Pay Only Fair Fees Section 7 of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act states, “In investing and managing trust assets, a trustee…

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