I am not sure what you mean by "trust deed". I am assuming you mean the trust document. That being said, a trustee is generally obligated to follow the instructions in the Declaration of Trust. Sometimes the instruction are not clear, may be illegal, may create a conflict of interest, or may have been modified by state statutes.
All of that being said, bad things could happen if a trustee does not comply with their obligations if someone is damaged. You should review your specific situation with a lawyer who is licensed where the trust is being administered to determine what rights or obligations you have.
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The trustee that does not follow the instructions in the trust could be liable for criminal actions if the actions benefit the trustee or related parties.
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Q: Is it true that bad things happen when a trustee does not obey the trust deed?
A: Yes. Terrible things.
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I agree with Attorney Carrier, bad things happen when the Trustee does not do what he or she is supposed to. I also agree with Attorney Pippen that the Trustee may be charged with criminal acts. The real problem for the beneficiaries when a Trustee steals, is that the Trustee usually spends all the money and there is nothing left for the beneficiaries to receive.
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