Can I be a Trustee and beneficiary on the same trust?

(Trustee = someone who manages the trust. Beneficiary = someone who receives the assets in the trust.)

Short answer:

Yes, you can. 

.It’s pretty common, actually, especially with spouses. 

In a family trust that the married couple made, the surviving spouse is usually both the trustee and the beneficiary. 

P.S. It’s also common for one adult child to serve in both roles

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