beneficiary rights + trustee/executor duties

In order to preserve a beneficiary’s rights and interest in an estate or a trust, the Trustee has the following duties:

  • Duty to administer Trust by its terms
  • Duty to furnish information and to communicate
  • Duty to account
  • Duty of loyalty and impartiality
  • Duty to avoid conflicts of interest
  • Duty to invest prudently

If a beneficiary feels they have not gotten enough information or question whether the executor or trustee is biased against them, we assist them in enforcing their rights and making sure that all of the above duties are scrupulously followed.  Families frequently splinter into factions and these emotional conflicts may interfere with the appropriate management of a trust or estate.  This can be especially true in blended families with step-parents.

W. Parish Lentz is an experienced trusts and estates lawyer helping clients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For more information about how our trusts and estates team can help you, please contact Parish at 888-273-9903 or