2019 Georgia Code
Title 53 - Wills, Trusts, and Administration of Estates
Chapter 12 - Trusts
Article 14 - Trustee Liability
§ 53-12-304. Liability of successor trustee

Universal Citation: GA Code § 53-12-304 (2019)
  • (a) A successor trustee shall be liable to the beneficiary for breach of trust involving acts or omissions of a predecessor trustee only if the successor trustee:

    • (1) Knows or reasonably should have known of a situation constituting a breach of trust committed by the predecessor trustee and the successor trustee improperly permits it to continue;

    • (2) Neglects to take reasonable steps to compel the predecessor to deliver the trust property to the successor trustee; or

    • (3) Neglects to take reasonable steps to redress a breach of trust committed by the predecessor trustee in a case where the successor trustee knows or reasonably should have known of the predecessor trustee's breach.

  • (b) A trustee succeeding a trustee who was also the settlor shall not be liable to the beneficiary for any action taken or omitted to be taken by the prior trustee nor shall such successor trustee have a duty to institute any action against such prior trustee or to file any claim against such prior trustee's estate for any of the prior trustee's acts or omissions as trustee. This subsection shall apply only with respect to a trust or any portion of a trust that was revocable by the settlor during the time that the settlor served as trustee and committed the act or omission.

History:

Code 1981, § 53-12-304, enacted by Ga. L. 2010, p. 579, § 1/SB 131; Ga. L. 2011, p. 752, § 53/HB 142.

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