My mother left a will with the proceeds of her apt. being divided among her 5 grandsons. She stated in her will that she didn't not want me, as the Executor to have to post Bond or be Trustee. My lawyer said when he went to court to submit papers for probate, the clerk there told him I have to petition to be Trustee, even though my mother said that was not her wish. Was this the right thing to do, making me petition to be trustee? I now have to post $3,500 bond before I can get a letter of Testamentary to sell her apartment. I went to another lawyer yesterday for consultation since my lawyer never returns me phone calls (I havent spoken to him since March), and the will has been out of probate since February. This whole Trustee and Bond issue is holding things me up from selling the apt. The other lawyer I went to for advice yesterday said I should have never filed for Trustee but this is what my lawyer said I have to do and I followed what he said. The other lawyer said it would cost too much to undo everything now. My question is, even though the money is going to be in Trust for the grandchildren until they reach 21 years of age, do I still have the authority to give them the money beforehand since my mother wanted them to use it for their college expenses. I know I have bank accounts for them in Trust and I have the authority to touch their money but they don't until they are 21. Does this work the same way?