Standing to Seek Enforcement of Charitable Trusts

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“It is the duty of the king, as parens patriae, to protect property devoted to charitable use; and that duty is executed by the officer who represents the crown for all forensic purposes.” Jackson v. Phillips, 96 Mass. (14 Allen) 539, 579 (1867). This is the foundation of the state attorney general’s authority to seek enforcement of charitable trusts in the courts. Under certain circumstances others may as well. Charles E. Rounds, Jr. explains in §9.4.2 of Loring and Rounds: A Trustee’s Handbook (2014), at pages 1376-1386.

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