Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Trustee

The person (or business) who manages assets held in trust, under the terms of the trust document. A trustee's purpose is to invest trust assets and distribute trust income or principal to beneficiaries as directed in the trust document. With a simple probate avoidance living trust, the person who creates the trust is also the original trustee. (See also: successor trustee)
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