Trusts and Estates

Season 2, Episode 2: Trustee Compensation and Analysis of California Rules of Court Rule 7.776

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This Episode of “Trust Me” features an interview with Josh Yager, co-author of the article “How Much is Too Much? Trustee Compensation and an Analysis of California Rules of Court, Rule 7.776.” The article appeared in the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 27 issue 1, published by TEXCOM in 2021. Our conversation takes us on a deep dive of California Rules of Court Rule 7.776, breaking down each of the eight factors courts are to consider when determining a trustee’s fee. We also discuss the importance of establishing a good governance policy at the outset of a trust administration,  and what documentation is crucial in supporting a trustee fee request. 

About our Guest:

Josh Yager is a recognized expert on the management and oversight of trust assets. He lectures and writes extensively on the policies, procedures and practices for the prudent administration of trusts. He has been invited to speak to various Bar associations, CPA chapters, estate planning councils, Professional Fiduciary Association forums and AICPA national events.
Josh has testified on the subject of prudent trustee governance practices before the Texas Pension Review Board, the Alaska Retirement Management Board and has provided expert testimony within the California courts.

About our Host:

Host Herb Stroh is a member of McCormick Barstow LLP, practicing in the San Luis Obispo office. Mr. Stroh is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, past Chair of TEXCOM, and represents the Committee on the CLA Board of Representatives. He has extensive experience in all aspects of trust, probate, conservatorship, and guardianship litigation.  He also advises clients on estate planning, administration of trusts, probate estates, special needs trusts, and conservatorships.

If you have questions, comments, and suggestions for future topics please email Herb at

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