Trusts and Estates

Ca. Trs. & Estates Quarterly 2015, Volume 21, Issue 1

CONSIDERATIONS RELATED TO THE OPERATION OR REORGANIZATION OF A BUSINESS BY A TRUSTEE DURING ADMINISTRATION

By Jenny Hill Bratt, Esq.,* and Karl F. Mill, Esq.*

I. INTRODUCTION

While it is not uncommon to encounter a trust administration involving business assets, there are some common elements that often and unintentionally go unaddressed by practitioners.1 One such issue is the scope of the trustee’s power to operate a business. As practitioners counseling trustees, attorneys should be aware of the relevant issues, and prepared to advise their clients about the risks of operating a business as the trustee without authorization in the trust instrument or court approval.

II. LIMITATIONS ON THE TRUSTEE’S POWER OVER BUSINESS INTERESTS

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