How Much Is Too Much? Trustee Compensation and an Analysis of California Rules of Court 7.776

May 5, 2021 at 12:00pm1:30pm
The Bar Association of San Francisco

Few trustees have a good answer to the question, "How much should I be paid?" Their professional advisors often disagree. Some say an hourly rate, some say a percent of the trust assets, and others say a flat retainer. Due to this general lack of agreement few can provide a thoughtful or comprehensive explanation of why they are getting paid what they are. Not surprisingly, many beneficiaries and their professional advisors frequently object to whatever the answer may be. Disagreements about the trustee's compensation are exacerbated during periods of heightened financial uncertainty. This presentation seeks to provide a road map for both trustees and beneficiaries, of how to answer the ubiquitous question, "How much should a trustee be paid?"