Bank did not breach duties as trustee

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Appellants-petitioners Chanell and Micaela Cochran (the Beneficiaries) appeal the trial court’s order entering final judgment in favor of appellee-respondent KeyBank, N.A. (KeyBank), on the Beneficiaries’ petition seeking an accounting and alleging that KeyBank had breached its obligations as Trustee. The Beneficiaries argue that the trial court erroneously concluded that KeyBank did not violate the prudent investor rule and or breach its duties as trustee.

Conclusion (slip op. at 21-22):  We find that the trial court did not erroneously conclude that, while KeyBank’s decisionmaking process and communication with the Beneficiaries was not perfect, it was sufficient. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

Key Analysis (slip op. at 21):  Although it is tempting to analyze these cases with the benefit of hindsight, we are not permitted to do so, nor should we. KeyBank chose between two viable, prudent options, and given the facts and circumstances it was faced with at that time, we do not find that its actions were imprudent, a breach of any relevant duties, or a cause of any damages to the Beneficiaries.

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