Powers of the Grantor
Being a diligent trust attorney in San Francisco, I regularly include a homestead right within this section. Such a feature is often used by provident estate planning attorneys in California to uphold homestead rights for the grantor despite the fact that he no longer legally owns the respective property (because it has been transferred to the trustee).
Another point of high importance is a provision dealing with incapacity of the grantor. Because the successor trustees does not receive any control of the trust until the grantor dies, there must be a precaution for the case that the grantor becomes mentally ill or otherwise unable to manage his own estate. Usually a clause stipulates that the successor trustee takes over control of the trust as soon as the grantor becomes incapacitated. This section is often complemented by naming someone (often a medic) who is entitled to determine grantor’s state of mind. Often a person (whom the grantor literally trusts) is named here, e.g. the family doctor.
Finally a provision clarifies that the trust becomes irrevocable upon the death of the grantor.