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How to Handle a Trustee with Dementia: A Comprehensive Guide

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Dealing with a trustee with dementia can be difficult to know how to handle the situation. As their cognitive abilities decline, they may struggle to manage their finances and make important decisions. This guide offers practical advice on how to navigate this challenging situation with empathy and understanding.

Understand the Symptoms of Dementia.

Before you can effectively handle a trustee with dementia, it’s important to understand the symptoms of the disease. Dementia is a progressive condition that affects cognitive function, including memory, language, and decision-making abilities. Common symptoms include forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty communicating, and changes in mood or behavior. It’s important to be patient and understanding with someone who is experiencing these symptoms, as they may be struggling to navigate their daily life.

Try Asking the Trustee with Dementia If He or She Will Resign.

In some cases, it may be appropriate to ask the impaired trustee if they are willing to resign from their position. This can be a difficult conversation to have, but it’s important to approach it with compassion and understanding. Explain the situation and the concerns that have arisen, and ask if they would be willing to step down voluntarily. If they agree, be sure to document the conversation and follow any necessary legal procedures for removing a trustee. If they are not willing to resign, you may need to explore other options for managing the situation.

Remove The Trustee with Dementia Pursuant to the Trust Document.

If the trust document includes provisions for removing a trustee due to incapacity or incompetence, you may be able to follow those procedures to remove the impaired loved one as trustee. This may involve obtaining medical documentation of their condition and following any legal requirements for notifying beneficiaries or obtaining court approval. It’s important to consult with an attorney to ensure that you are following the proper procedures and protecting the interests of all parties involved.

If Necessary, File a Petition to Remove Trustee With the Court.

In some cases, it may be necessary to file a petition with the court to remove a trustee with dementia. See A.R.S. Section 14-10706. This can be a complex and time-consuming process, but it may be the best option if the trustee is no longer able to fulfill their duties and responsibilities. You will need to provide evidence of the trustee’s incapacity, such as medical records or testimony from a doctor. It’s important to work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the legal process and protect the interests of all parties involved.

Seek Legal Advice and Support.

Dealing with a trustee who has dementia can be a complex and sensitive situation. It’s important to seek legal advice and support to ensure that you are following the proper procedures and protecting the interests of all parties involved. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal process and provide guidance on the best course of action. They can also help you communicate with the trustee and their family members in a compassionate and understanding manner. Remember, the goal is to find a solution that is in the best interests of everyone involved.

Dealing With a Trustee With Dementia? Call Us Today.

Are you facing the challenging situation of having a trustee with dementia who is no longer able to effectively fulfill their duties? Don’t navigate this complex legal landscape alone. Our experienced law firm understands the intricacies of trustee removal cases and is here to help. We specialize in assisting clients like you in removing trustees with dementia, ensuring the protection of the trust and the best interests of beneficiaries. Our dedicated team of attorneys will guide you through the process, offering strategic advice, advocating for your rights, and providing compassionate support every step of the way. Take action today and call 602-443-4888 to explore your options and find a resolution that safeguards the integrity of your trust. Together, we can navigate the legal challenges and secure a better future for you and your loved ones.


Founding attorney Paul Deloughery has been an attorney since 1998, became a Certified Family Wealth Advisor. He is also the founder of Sudden Wealth Protection Law.