Appointor Roles in Trusts In most modern discretionary trusts there is a role known as the Appointor - sometimes also called the Principal. The Appointor usually have various powers relating to the power to add a trustee to the trust and to remove a trustee to the trust. The person or persons controlling the appointor position therefore are the controllers of the trust. Extra special super care is needed as to who will be the next appointor on death of the current appointor incapacity of the current appointor bankruptcy of the current appointor domestic relationship breakdown of the existing appointor Very few people consider the consequences of any of the above and not many people who have already set up trusts can tell me when asked what happens to the trust when they die. Each trust deed will be different so who the next appointor will be, if any, on any of the above will depend on the deed. Where you are the appointor of a trust and have named a successor appointor in the deed it is best to tell this person as after your death they may not know they have the power of appointment of the trust. I had one client whose father died and left him, the son, as appointor. But the mother controlled the position of trustee. After she died someone else controlled the trustee and it was about 5 years or more before the client know he was the appointor. He complained that ‘they’ didn’t tell him, but know one had any obligation to inform him at all. The trust assets had largely been depleted by this time.