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As sole trustee of an estate does Sandy have the authority

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As sole trustee of an estate does Sandy have the authority to make minor alterations e.g. chopping down trees or giving permission to erect wind turbines? etc..
Thank you for your question.

A trustee is empowered to do what is in the best interests of the trust for the benefit of the beneficiaries.

So he can make decision like you describe, subject to any restrictions or specific provisions in the deed setting up the trust.

Happy to discuss further. It goes without saying that if either of these activities are detrimental to the trust's interest in the land, the trustees should not do so.

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