1. Statute
  2. Notes


EPTL 7-2.6 Resignation, suspension or removal of trustee

(a) Subject to the relevant provisions of the civil practice law and rules, the supreme court has power:

(1) On the application of a trustee, to accept his resignation and to discharge him on such terms as it deems proper.

(2) On the application of any person interested in the trust estate, to suspend or remove a trustee who has violated or threatens to violate his trust, who is insolvent or whose insolvency is imminent or apprehended or who for any reason is a person unsuitable to execute the trust.

(3) In case of the resignation or removal of a trustee, to appoint a successor trustee and, if there is no acting trustee, to cause the trust to be executed by a receiver or other officer under its direction.  This section does not apply to a trust arising or resulting by implication of law, nor where other provision is made by law for the resignation, suspension or removal of a trustee or the appointment of a successor trustee.


“to violate his trust” means to violate the trustee’s fiduciary responsibilities.1

  1. See Matter of Perosi v. LiGreci, 98 A.D.3d 230, 948 N.Y.S.2d 629 (App. Div. 2nd 2012) (stating, “Notably, pursuant to EPTL 7-2.6, any person interested in a trust can move to remove or suspend a trustee on the ground, inter alia, that the trustee violated his or her trust or threatened to violate it. In this matter, there is no claim that the trustee violated his fiduciary responsibilities.”).