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I am a trustee of a life interest trust. My co-trustee died

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I am a trustee of a life interest trust. My co-trustee died in August and I must now appoint a new trustee. What is the procedure please?

Hi, thank you for your message. I am sorry to hear about your situation. Can I confirm where there any substitute trustees appointed?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
Hi and thank you.No there were none

Hi, thank you for your message. There is a statutory power of appointment found in section 36 of the Trustee Act 1925. This power is conferred upon a person nominated to carry out the function of appointing a new trustee as set out in the trust instrument ( this may be you or the personal representative of the trustee who died). The appointment of the new trustee will need to be made in writing.

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If you are unsure about how to draft this new appointment I would advise that you instruct a solicitor in your area to draft it for you as we cannot represent clients. You can find a solicitor by using the law society find a solicitor link here: You will be able to search by specialism and also town or postcode to find one near you.

I hope this helps and I wish you all the best in dealing with this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have further questions regarding this matter. I am happy to answer follow-up questions. Best wishes.

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Customer: replied 7 days ago.
Thank you.

Hi, no problem I am glad I could help. Best wishes