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Delaware Laws | Title 12 Decedents' Estates and Fiduciary Relations
Subchapter V. Compensation of Trustees

(b) Unless a trust instrument specifically provides that the trustee shall serve without compensation, when a trust instrument does not fix the compensation of the trustee, reasonable compensation shall be allowed. Subject to the provisions of Sec. 3562 of this title, such compensation shall be determined as follows: (3774)

(1) For qualified trustees: (3775)

a. Each qualified trustee shall file with the Register in Chancery for every county in this State, a copy of a schedule or formula by which its allowance as compensation shall be computed. Such schedule or formula may be based upon or reflect the following factors: (3776)

1. The time spent or likely to be spent in administering a trust of the type contemplated; (3777)

2. The risks and responsibilities involved; (3778)

3. The novelty and difficulty of the tasks required of the trustee; (3779)

4. The skill and experience of the trustee; (3780)

5. Comparable charges for similar services; (3781)

6. The character of the trust assets; (3782)

7. The time constraints imposed upon the trustee in administering the trust; (3783)

b. Each qualified trustee shall provide a copy of its current trustee fee schedule or formula as filed upon any filing pursuant to paragraph (b)(1)a. of this section to the settlor of any revocable trust and to each current income beneficiary of every other trust from which it will seek to be allowed compensation to be calculated in accordance with such schedule or formula; (3784)

c. Each qualified trustee shall be allowed as reasonable compensation for services with respect to each trust from which it is entitled to compensation under this section, an amount determined by application of the schedule or formula so filed to trusts of that size and type. (3785)

(2) For other trustees, the Court of Chancery shall from time to time promulgate a rule fixing the method by which trustees other than qualified trustees may be allowed compensation for their services. (3786)

(3) There shall be no presumption that a fee schedule filed under paragraph (b)(1) of this section is any more or less reasonable than the schedule promulgated under paragraph (b)(2) of this section. (3787)

(67 Del. Laws, c. 56, Sec. 2.) (3788)

(a) The provisions of Sec. 3561(b)(1)c. of this title notwithstanding, the settlor or any current income beneficiary of a trust, or any other person having an equitable interest in a trust from which a fee for trustee compensation is taken or is proposed to be taken pursuant to Sec. 3561(b) of this title, who objects to a schedule or formula filed thereunder as being unreasonable, or who objects to the fee fixed by such schedule or formula as being unreasonable in the particular circumstances, may petition the Court of Chancery for judicial review of the reasonableness of the schedule or formula, or of its application, as the case may be. (3789)

(b) Upon the filing of any such petition, the Court of Chancery may appoint a disinterested third person to act as master to hear and determine the matters raised by such petition and any answer thereto. Proceedings before such master shall be in conformance with the Rules of the Court of Chancery. The final report of the master shall be in the form of findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommended decree, and shall be filed with the Register in Chancery. Findings of fact made by the master, if supported by substantial evidence, shall be conclusive. The Court of Chancery shall thereafter enter its decree determining the matter in issue. Costs of the proceeding, including the reasonable fee of the master, shall be assessed against the trust in question if the petition is denied in its entirety and shall be assessed against the trustee in its individual capacity if it is granted in whole. In other instances, costs shall be apportioned equitably. (3790)

(67 Del. Laws, c. 56, Sec. 2.) (3791)

Decedents' Estates and Fiduciary Relations Fiduciary Relations (3792)

Subchapter VI. Qualified Dispositions in Trust (3793)(Text)

Sec. 3570. Definitions. (3794)(Text)

As used in this subchapter: (3795)

(1) "Claim" means a right to payment, whether or not the right is reduced to judgment, liquidated, unliquidated, fixed, contingent, matured, unmatured, disputed, undisputed, legal, equitable, secured or unsecured. (3796)

(2) "Creditor" means, with respect to a transferor, a person who has a claim. (3797)

(3) "Debt" means liability on a claim. (3798)

(4) "Disposition" means a transfer, conveyance or assignment of property (including a change in the legal ownership of property occurring upon the substitution of 1 trustee for another or the addition of 1 or more new trustees), or the exercise of a power so as to cause a transfer of property, to a trustee or trustees, but shall not include the release or relinquishment of an interest in property that theretofore was the subject of a qualified disposition. (3799)

(5) "Person" has the meaning ascribed to it in Sec. 302(16) of Title 1. (3800)

(6) "Property" includes real property, personal property, and interests in real or personal property. (3801)

(7) "Qualified disposition" means a disposition by or from a transferor (or multiple transferors in the case of property in which each such transferor owns an undivided interest) to 1 or more trustees, at least 1 of which is a qualified trustee, with or without consideration, by means of a trust instrument. (3802)

(8) "Qualified trustee" means a person who: (3803)

a. In the case of a natural person, is a resident of this State other than the transferor or, in all other cases, is authorized by the law of this State to act as a trustee and whose activities are subject to supervision by the Bank Commissioner of the State, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Comptroller of the Currency, or the Office of Thrift Supervision or any successor thereto; and (3804)

b. Maintains or arranges for custody in this State of some or all of the property that is the subject of the qualified disposition, maintains records for the trust on an exclusive or nonexclusive basis, prepares or arranges for the preparation of fiduciary income tax returns for the trust, or otherwise materially participates in the administration of the trust. (3805)

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