Trust & Estate Services

Have confidence in the future of your wealth.

You’ve spent a lifetime achieving success and creating wealth. We’ll help you protect your assets and preserve the legacy that you’ve worked so hard to build. A dedicated trust advisor will take the time to understand your unique family dynamics, tax sensitivities and other aspects of your life so they can create a thoughtful, customized plan. Our promise is to help provide you with peace of mind, knowing where your wealth is, and where your wealth is going.

Preserve your legacy, your way.

We can handle every detail of your trust and estate plan. As your corporate trustee or executor, City National will provide:

  • Objectivity - We manage your trust and estate plan without personal bias — a must when making discretionary decisions.
  • Continuity - Individual trustees may be limited by age or incapacity, while a corporate trustee can ensure your plans are executed for the duration of the trust.
  • Responsibility - As fiduciaries, we are held to stringent legal and ethical standards.

Protect your legacy for years to come.

Our trust advisors are committed to preserving the value of your assets, ensuring your legacy lives on. We have deep expertise managing a wide range of asset types as part of a trust or estate plan, including:

  • Investment management
  • Specialty assets
  • Real Estate management
  • Limited partnership interests
  • Limited liability companies

Solutions that make a long term impact.

Whether it’s a cause you feel passionate about, a university that’s helped you along the way, or a family foundation, we can help you make philanthropy a part of your legacy. We can serve as your trustee, co-trustee or executor for:

  • Donor advised funds
  • Private foundations and endowments
  • Charitable trusts
Special Needs Trusts

City National is among the few institutions with a dedicated Special Needs team. Our advisors have the experience, judgment and professional resources to create meaningful financial solutions for individuals with ongoing health challenges.

Delaware, Nevada and Tennessee Trusts

Whether moving an existing trust or creating one, we can provide you with tax savings and asset protection offered within these trust-friendly jurisdictions.1

Additional Services

Personal and charitable trusts

Revocable and irrevocable trusts

Estate settlement

Testamentary trusts

Probate estates


Directed trusts

Pre-Immigration trusts

Custody and reporting services

Trust tax return preparation

Irrevocable life insurance trusts

Why City National

A Dedicated Relationship Manager

Your Private Banking relationship includes personalized service and advice from a dedicated Private Banker who oversees your entire relationship with City National.

An Integrated Plan

Whether you're building a portfolio or choosing a trustee, we'll consider all areas of your wealth to ensure you're making the most effective financial decisions.

A Wealth of Experience

As a City National client, you'll have access to integrated wealth capabilities from across our family of companies, including our parent company, Royal Bank of Canada.

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1. City National Bank its affiliates and subsidiaries, as a matter of policy, does not give tax, accounting, regulatory or legal advice. Rules in the areas of law, tax, and accounting are subject to change and open to varying interpretations. You should consult with your other advisors on the tax, accounting and legal implications of actions you may take based on any strategies presented taking into account your own particular circumstances.