You will have to read the trust document to get an answer to this question. Most trusts that I have seen, and all that I have drafted, address the issue of a beneficiary that predeceases the end of the trust. Some clients want it one way and some another. Trusts can certainly vary from state to state depending on the purpose of the trust but I doubt it will make a difference where the beneficiary lives. I presume that by benefactor that you mean the beneficiary of the trust. People that set up trusts are usually called Grantor, Trustor, or Settlor. The preference for terminology seems to vary among attorneys. They mean the same.
This is complicated, with no easy answer. It depends on what the Trust says. Go see an attorney for specific advice.
Just to be clear, I am supplying this information for educational purposes only. Unless you have signed a formal agreement hiring me, I have not taken on the job of representing you as your attorney (even if I answer a question you or someone else asked).
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