Sacramento Bee:  Can I take a fee for handling my family's living trust? What if my son doesn't want the home that's left to him in a will?

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I have been trustee of our family's living trust for four years. I have an elderly stepmother who has dementia and was recently moved from the family home into a skilled nursing facility. I have never taken any trustee's fees but have heard that a trustee's fee can be set at 1 percent of the estate's annual market value. Is there any guidance concerning this? Are fees treated differently than probate fees? Thank you.

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