Can one of my trustees be the nominal grantor?

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The word is “nominee”, not “nominal”. The answer is yes.  Sometimes the client will be grantor and trustee, but not a beneficiary.  The client can wear two hats.  Sometimes there is a nominee grantor, and client is a co-trustee.  The other trustee must be non-related to primary trustee or beneficiary.  And, client [co-trustee] has some beneficial interest [2 hats].  As grantor/settlor you have relinquished all control; therefore you are away from the picture, as grantor.  As a co-trustee and not beneficiary, you are in a professional trustee role to provide service to the trust and beneficiaries.

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