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Personal Trust Services | Charles Schwab

Schwab Personal Trust Services. Professional trust management to help you prepare for tomorrow.

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For questions regarding trust and estate planning, we invite you to contact your Schwab Financial Consultant, visit your local branch, or call Schwab's Trust and Estate Specialists at 888-213-4695.

Or you may browse additional resources on trust and estate planning on our website.

Why a corporate trustee?

Working with a corporate trustee like Charles Schwab Trust Company can give you:

  • Objectivity. We will administer your trust according to your wishes and in a professional and impartial manner.
  • Experience. We have the expertise to carry out all duties associated with serving as your trustee, including the investment of trust assets, administration of your trust in accordance with its terms, professional and timely recordkeeping, and preparation and filing of trust income tax returns.
  • Continuity. We can provide seamless, responsive trust administration and trust portfolio management for as long as your trust endures.

We understand that life takes many different turns along the way. We are committed to providing dedicated, ongoing trust administration that upholds your wishes for the future. If you're ready for a transparent partner to administer and invest your trust, we look forward to working with you.

Types of trustees.

  • Sole trustee

    CSTC assumes all the investment, administrative, and fiduciary responsibilities of managing your trust according to the terms defined in your trust document.

  • Co-trustee

    CSTC acts as a co-trustee with the individual(s) you designate. As a co-trustee, CSTC assumes full investment management and administrative responsibilities for the trust but may share discretionary disbursement decision-making with the co-trustee(s) according to the trust provisions.

  • Successor trustee

    CSTC steps in once you or the individual you name as sole trustee or co-trustee is no longer willing or able to serve.

Types of trusts we support.

  • Wealth Protection and Transfer

    • Living Trusts (Revocable Trusts)
    • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILIT)
    • Grantor Retained Trusts (GRUT, GRAT, GRIT)
    • Special Needs/Supplemental Trusts (SNT)
    • Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRT)
  • Charitable Giving

    • Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRAT, CRUT)
    • Charitable Lead Trusts (CLAT, CLUT)
    • Foundations
  • Family Transfer

    • Marital Trusts (“A” Trust)
    • Qualified Terminable Interest Property (QTIP) Trusts
    • Family Trusts (“B” Trust, Credit Shelter Trusts)
    • Generation-Skipping Trusts (GST)
    • Testamentary Trusts
    • Qualified Domestic Trusts (QDOT)

Advantages of using Nevada's favorable trust situs include:

  • No Nevada state income tax on trust-retained income and capital gains.*
  • An extension of the rule against perpetuities allowing your trust to serve several generations without being subject to state and/or generation-skipping tax.
  • A firm posture toward creditor protection for beneficiaries.

You can enjoy the service you've come to expect from Charles Schwab while potentially leveraging the advantages of a favorable trust situs, especially with:

  • A Financial Consultant assisting with your brokerage accounts.
  • A CSTC representative providing trust administration and trust portfolio management.
  • An assigned point of contact assisting your beneficiaries.

Our investment management philosophy.

CTSC offers sophisticated yet uncomplicated investment solutions tailored to address and meet our clients' needs and circumstances. Those who choose us as their corporate trustee enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that the organization they've come to trust and rely on will carry out their legacies in a professional and cost-effective manner.

A two-member team, consisting of a trust officer and investment officer, located in Henderson, Nevada, is specifically assigned to your trust. Your Financial Consultant is available to continue to help you with your brokerage accounts.

Estate planning for financial peace of mind.

A trust is just one part of your estate plan. Schwab can assist you with other aspects of protecting your financial legacy as well.

Fee schedule and information.*

Marketable Securities Annual Rate
First $5 million 0.50%
Next $5 million 0.25%
Next $15 million 0.10%
Above $25 million 0.05%
Minimum annual fee = $5,000
Life Insurance Policies (Whole Life, Universal and Term) Annual Rate
First policy $2,500
Each additional policy $500
Residential Owner-Occupied and Vacation Property* Annual Rate
Each property $3,000
Residential Rental Property (1-4 unit)* Annual Rate
Each property, first $2 million base fee plus 0.90%
Each property, next $3 million 0.70%
Each property, above $5 million 0.50%
Base fee per property = $2,000; third-party fees may also apply

Charles Schwab Trust Company (CSTC) charges the above fee(s) for trust administration, investment and asset management, tax return preparation and filing, and other ordinary services.

*Fees are subject to change

Additional fee information.

Additional fees and reimbursement expenses.
Fees or expenses for special services provided by CSTC will be charged upon delivery of such services and are in addition to ordinary fees for services. Examples of special services may include, but are not limited to, dispute resolution, litigation expenses, loan/note liability management, or real property management. Any fees paid to a distribution advisor, trust protector, or other co-trustee required by the Trust are separate from and in addition to CSTC’s fees. All additional fees for special services will be charged as an expense of the Trust if permitted by the governing document or applicable law.

Early termination fee.
The full minimum annual fee may be assessed on any trust that terminates before CSTC has served as trustee for a minimum of one year.

Fees are calculated and charged quarterly. CSTC fees are subject to change upon notice.
CSTC may, at its sole and exclusive discretion, decline at any time to serve as trustee. All trust documents and assets must be reviewed by CSTC prior to the acceptance of an appointment as trustee.

*Charles Schwab Trust Company may retain third-party property management companies and real estate brokers to assist with the administration of certain properties. Fees paid to third parties relating to real property management and transactions are charged separately as an expense of the trust. Third-party management and transaction fees for rental property may be substantial. Ask your Trust Services Consultant for more information.

Schwab Personal Trust Services are provided by Charles Schwab Trust Company (CSTC). CSTC and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. are separate but affiliated companies and wholly owned subsidiaries of The Charles Schwab Corporation. Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. provides custody, securities brokerage, and related back-office services to the trusts for which CSTC serves as trustee.

Trust FAQs.

  • What is a trust?

    A trust is a legal relationship in which one or more persons or entities (trustees) holds legal title to property and manages it for the benefit of one or more persons or entities (beneficiaries).

  • Why establish a trust?

    A trust can potentially accomplish a wide variety of objectives:

    • Provide continuity in management of trust assets in the event of your incapacity or death.
    • Help your beneficiaries avoid the expense, delay, and publicity of probate.
    • Allow you to create rules for how your assets will be preserved or distributed and to name a trustee to carry out your wishes.
    • Minimize transfer/estate taxes.
    • Allow for the implementation of charitable giving strategies.
  • How do I know what type of trust is right for me?

    There are many types of trusts available, depending on your and your family's unique needs. Your attorney or estate planner can help you determine which type of trust is the best choice for you; your Financial Consultant can help you establish the trust with CSTC.

  • What type of services does CSTC provide?

    Administration services

    • Income and principal distributions according to the trust document
    • Preparation and filing of fiduciary federal and state tax returns
    • Accurate and timely accounting, record keeping, and reporting

    Investment services

    • Professional investment management of your trust assets
    • Portfolio adjustment to meet changing market demands
    • Education of beneficiaries on investment resources and financial planning



The individual (or individuals) who creates and funds the trust with their accumulated wealth, including financial and real estate assets.


The party responsible for the administration and/or investment management of trust assets. A trustee can be:

  • Individual trustee—usually a family member or friend chosen to manage trust assets.
  • Corporate trustee—a bank or trust company, like Charles Schwab Trust Company, that specializes in trust investment management and administration.
  • Successor trustee—named to step in and manage the trust when the current trustee is no longer able or willing to continue due to incapacity, death, or resignation.


This is the court process of distributing assets after death of the grantor. Trusts can help avoid this potentially time-consuming, costly, and public process.


A recipient of trust asset distributions, such as individual heirs or charities.

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This presentation is for general informational purposes only and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as tax, investment, or legal advice. Charles Schwab Trust Company does not provide legal or tax advice. Consult with your legal counsel and tax advisor about your particular circumstances.

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. ("Schwab") is affiliated with Charles Schwab Trust Company (CSTC), the corporate trustee for Schwab Personal Trust Services (SPTS). Schwab may introduce clients to CSTC but does not evaluate whether SPTS is appropriate for each client or recommend SPTS for any particular client. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure that CSTC meets his or her trust needs and to conduct any due diligence that may be required before engaging CSTC.

Schwab and Schwab Private Client Investment Advisory, Inc., a registered investment advisor and affiliate of Schwab, both earn compensation from CSTC for service provided in connection with SPTS. CSTC may invest trust assets in a wrap fee program or make use of investment advisory services, which are sponsored by Schwab and/or in which Schwab affiliates provide discretionary and non-discretionary investment recommendations. Schwab and its affiliates earn compensation for assets selected or recommended by Schwab-affiliated advisors, including management fees for Schwab affiliate mutual funds and shareholder servicing fees for mutual funds that participate in the Schwab Mutual Fund OneSource® service.

Schwab Financial Consultants who introduce you to CSTC will receive compensation if you choose to use SPTS. CSTC receives fees in connection with the administrative trust services or the investment management services as permitted pursuant to the terms of the trust instruments.

In selecting a trust service, you should consider whether to combine trust administrative services with trust investment management services and whom to select as a trustee. Third-parties may offer similar trust administrative or trust investment management services, or both, at different costs.

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