The first thing you need to do is make sure that you have a copy of the complete signed trust agreement with all amendments. This establishes the rules of your work as trustee. You should read up on performing your duties as trustee.
There are many special rules about how trustees must act. For example, you must be careful to keep this money separate from your personal funds and to invest it carefully.
To set up the investment account, you will need a federal identification number for the trust and a copy of the first and last page of the trust (or a certificate of trust) to take to the brokerage firm or bank. They will assist you in the balance of the paperwork.
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Are you the trustee? If so, you can decide how to invest it. If not, whoever is acting as trustee will do so. You should talk to an attorney, possibly the attorney who prepared the documents for your father. If you are the trustee, the attorney can prepare a certificate of trust showing you are the trustee. You can then use the certificate to open an account for your son.