WHEN IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH? JUDICIAL TRUSTEE REMOVAL AND TROLAN V. TROLAN (2019) 31 CAL.APP.5TH 939
By Denise E. Chambliss, Esq.* and Ariel G. Siner, Esq.**
The case of Trolan v. Trolan1 arises from an unusual reversal of a trial court’s order to remove all six co-trustees of the Trolan trust. In Trolan, the trial court, sua sponte, removed six sibling co-trustees due, in part, to the co-trustees’ disagreement over the trust’s distribution provisions and the trial court’s mistaken interpretation of the trust’s distribution provisions. The Court of Appeal reversed on both issues: the trial court’s interpretation of the trust distribution terms and the trial court’s removal of all of the co-trustees on its own motion.