Whether or not the trustee accepts a fee, he or she should keep a log diary of the work done as trustee, including:
Amount of time expended
Description of activity
Decisions made, and
Basis for the decisions.
The log will support the trustee’s request for fees in the event of a dispute with the beneficiaries, and serves as a written record of the trustee’s actions and basis for decision should his or her actions ever be questioned by a beneficiary.