Trustees have a lot of responsibility, and if they are uncooperative, fail to communicate, or engage in theft, it can leave the beneficiaries in a difficult situation. Sometimes trustees refuse to provide an accounting of the money and property distributed through the trust. They may have made unwise investments with the money from the trust or may have had the trust re-written to favor them.
Sometimes, trustees just don't give beneficiaries the inheritance to which they are entitled and won't even explain why. Trusts should be handled correctly under the law and when a trustee fails to appropriately administer the trust, steps should be taken by the beneficiaries to hold the trustee accountable. Like personal representatives, executors, trust administrators, conservators and guardians, trustees are considered a fiduciary under California Probate law. A trustee must administer the trust using the terms of the trust and the governing California Probate Code.