Reasonable Attorneys' Fees may be Paid out of a Trust
In this instance, a trustee was taken to court for alleged breaches of trust where the trustee was represented by four attorneys and a paralegal from two separate firms. While the Appellate court did not have sufficient details from the trial court to specify the amount of the fee award and its basis the Appellate court made the above stated determination regarding the reasonableness and necessity of the fees incurred. Therefore, any trustee involved in serious litigation must keep stringent records and be able to justify a basis for their legal fees. If you live in the California area and have further questions about trustee responsibilities and litigation you should consult with an experienced probate and trust attorney.