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Trustees: Unanimity

Trusts and Trustees

If there are multiple trustees all must act. "Where there are two or more trustees, it is essential that they all concur in the exercise of powers conferred upon them." Scott on Trusts, § 194. See also Chapin v. First Universalist Society, 8 Gray 580 (1857). The only exception is where the trustees are managing a public charity.[1]

1 Attorney General v. Olson, 346 Mass., 190, 191 N.E.2d 132 (1963); City of Boston v. Doyle, 184 Mass. 373, 68 N.E. 851 (1903); Morville v. Fowle, 144 Mass. 109, 10 N.E. 766 (1887).