Thank you; I am sorry to hear that you recently lost your mother also.
So the trustee takes control of the assets of the trust, and is responsible for distributing them in accordance with the terms of the trust; typically for married couples, upon the death of the first party, the surviving spouse becomes trustee and/or beneficiary of the property, then when that party passes, the property is then distributed to the heirs (often to the children). The trustee has the responsibility of distributing the assets.
For a trust (versus a will), normally it is a private process- the court is not involved unless there is some kind of dispute. If there is no dispute, then the trustee notifies creditors, pays any valid claims, then disburses the assets as directed by the trust (sometimes it directs the trustee to sell the asset and distribute the proceeds to the heirs; other times the actual property will pass directly to the heirs).
Per Alabama code 19-3b-816 the trustee may:
) collect trust property and accept or reject additions to the trust property from a settlor or any other person, including, but not being limited to, the authority to receive, collect, hold, and retain common or preferred stock or other interests in the trustee or any related party;
(2) acquire or sell property, for cash or on credit, at public or private sale;
(3) exchange, partition, or otherwise change the character of trust property;
(4) deposit trust money in an account in a regulated financial-service institution;
(5) borrow money, with or without security, and mortgage or pledge trust property for a period within or extending beyond the duration of the trust;
Most trustees will hire an attorney to assist with the distribution to ensure that everything as directed in the trust is complied with. The estate typically pays for the legal fees.
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