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The 2019 Florida Statutes

Title XLII
ESTATES AND TRUSTS
Chapter 736
FLORIDA TRUST CODE
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F.S. 736.0701
736.0701 Accepting or declining trusteeship.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3), a person designated as trustee accepts the trusteeship:
(a) By substantially complying with a method of acceptance provided in the terms of the trust; or
(b) If the terms of the trust do not provide a method or the method provided in the terms is not expressly made exclusive, by accepting delivery of the trust property, exercising powers or performing duties as trustee, or otherwise indicating acceptance of the trusteeship.
(2) A person designated as trustee who has not accepted the trusteeship may decline the trusteeship. A designated trustee who does not accept the trusteeship within a reasonable time after knowing of the designation is deemed to have declined the trusteeship.
(3) A person designated as trustee may, without accepting the trusteeship:
(a) Act to preserve the trust property if, within a reasonable time after acting, the person sends to a qualified beneficiary a written statement declining the trusteeship.
(b) Inspect or investigate trust property to determine potential liability under environmental or other law or for any other purpose.
History.s. 7, ch. 2006-217.