(a) If the trustee resigns, is removed, or dies or upon the termination of the trust,
a beneficiary or the successor trustee may petition the court to require the trustee
or the trustee's personal representative to appear before the court for a final accounting. Alternatively, the trustee or the trustee's personal representative may petition
the court to approve a final accounting relieving the trustee from liability for the
period covered by the final accounting. The settlement period shall begin from the acceptance of the trusteeship by the
trustee or the end of the period covered by the last interim accounting.
(b) The petition shall set forth:
(1) The name and address of the trustee;
(2) The beneficiaries of the trust, specifying any beneficiary believed to be in need
of a guardian ad litem;
(3) The period which the accounting covers; and
(4) If the petition is filed by the trustee or the trustee's personal representative,
the petition shall also include the information required to be filed by trustees in
conjunction with the approval of an interim accounting as set forth in subsection
(b) of Code Section 53-12-230.
(c) The petition shall be served on the beneficiaries, the trustee, the trustee's
personal representative, if any, and the surety on the trustee's bond, if any.
(d) Upon review of the trustee's final accounting and after considering any objections
thereto and any evidence presented, the court may approve the final accounting or
enter judgment granting appropriate relief. If no objection to the petition is filed within the time allowed by law after service,
or if the parties consent, the petition may be approved without notice, hearing, or
further proceedings. The final judgment of the court shall be binding on all parties.
(e) Costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees of the trustee, shall
be taxed against the trust, unless otherwise directed by the court.
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