When you are asked to serve as a trustee, you may be honored that the trust creator has chosen you to fulfill this role and feels that you would be competent to carry out all of the tasks that trustees must fulfill. However, it is very important to think carefully and making an informed decision about whether you should agree to be a trustee or not.
Serving as a trustee is not just a ceremonial position. You have legal obligations under the law and you are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility when you serve as the trustee. You have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the trust beneficiaries and you also have an obligation to appropriately manage the assets that are held within the trust. Distribution of the trust assets will also fall to you, along with addressing tax issues.
While an experienced attorney can assist you in completing the requirements of being a trustee and in fulfilling your duties as a trustee, you will still have to be involved in administering the trust and this can be a time consuming and stressful process. Before you decide that you want to accept the position and serve as a trustee, you should talk with a lawyer about exactly what this will involve.