This is a fine line. If the attorney was representing the trustee regarding trust business, yes the attorney can charge the trust. If the attorney was representing the trustee based on his/her breaches, and it was found he/she breached the trust, there is a good argument that the trustee is responsible for the attorney fees. If you settled, look to the settlement agreement - it should say who is responsible for what attorney fees.
The trustee is responsible for managing the trust so any counsel retained to represent the trustee is in effect representing the trust and most trusts have provisions that the trust is responsible for paying for legal fees of the trustee. It is recommended that you review the terms of the trust at issue.
Generally, If the previous trustee provided services to the trust and prior trustee was not paid, she has a right to expect payment.
If the attorney was representing the trust by representing the Trustee, then YES>
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Agree with colleagues. Depends. First examine retainer agreement with attorney. It may control. Next examine who attorney represented and results obtained. Generally, if attorney represented the trust, she is entitled to attorneys fees and costs. If represented trustee, not in capacity as trustee for benefit of trust, attorneys fees and costs not a trust expense.