A trustee is in charge of the trust administration process and the trustee has many responsibilities after a death. A trustee must locate the assets that the trust owns and must keep those assets safe. Trustees also must coordinate information about any accounts or insurance policies given to the trust, including annuities and retirement accounts.
Trustees have to coordinate with executors who have been put in charge of the probate process, and trustees must manage all trust assets that the trust owns until those assets are distributed to new owners. In addition, trustees have to determine if there are any creditors with valid claims and if any taxes are owed by the trust, and must pay the claims and the taxes using trust assets.
These are just some of the many responsibilities that trustees have, and trustees should consult with an experienced attorney to make certain they are fulfilling all of their obligations after the death of the trust creator.