"Is anybody familiar with Maryland trust rules? This falls into the category of doing a friend a favor, so TIA for any insight.
Client set up a living trust and then dies a few years later. There are 2 beneficiaries of the trust (two of the client's three children). Upon the death of the client the Trust named the youngest of the three children, who is not a beneficiary of the trust, as Trustee. All goes well for a few
years. The now trustee (and youngest of the three children) develops some health issues which focuses the attention of the beneficiaries on the successor Trustee provisions of the Trust.
The Trust names one of the other children (who is 1 of the 2 beneficiaries) as Trustee if the youngest of the three siblings dies or is unwilling to continue in her role as Trustee. Nothing further is specified in the Trust as far as Trustee
Assume that (1) the youngest of the three children dies; and, (2) the named successor Trustee acts as Trustee for a few years; and, (3) the named successor Trustee dies.
The Trust doesn't contemplate this sequence of events. There doesn't appear to be any provision in the Trust that grants the remaining beneficiary Trustee authority.
The trust holds two assets: an investment account at a national
brokerage and an annuity issued by a large insurance company. Both the brokerage firm and the insurance company have a copy of the Trust itself.
Assuming the above, is there something that the named successor Trustee should do (after the youngest sibling dies but obviously before her own death) so that the brokerage firm and insurance company understand that, upon her death, they should listen to the remaining beneficiary for all
things they would otherwise look to the Trustee for?
Does Maryland trust law have a provision that says if a trust becomes trustee-less that trustee powers automatically vest in the remaining beneficiary?"