What is an Irrevocable Trust?
Decanting refers to the distribution of trust property of one trust (the “first trust”) to another trust (the “second trust”). Over the past several years, the number of states specifically authorizing decanting by statute...more
Decanting has been Texas law for almost three months and several articles have discussed what can be accomplished by decanting (e.g., Bill Pargaman’s 2013 Legislative Update). This article will discuss the documents needed...more
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision in Morse v. Kraft recognizes, in certain circumstances, a Trustee’s ability to decant trust assets by distributing them to a new trust in lieu of making an outright...more
Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Estate Planning attorney Beth Cohn discusses irrevocable trusts. She talks about how people use them and the process involved with them. She explains what decanting is and the...more
Inherent in a trustee’s discretionary authority to make a distribution of trust property outright and free of trust to a permissible beneficiary of the trust may well be the authority to distribute the property instead to...more
Irrevocable trusts are now subject to varying degrees of amendment by court approved modifications, trust protector actions, private settlement agreements, and, of course, decanting....more
Country Vintner of NC, LLC v. E. & J. Gallo Winery, Inc., No. 12-2074 (4th Cir. Apr. 29, 2013).
In this case brought under the North Carolina Wine Distribution Agreements Act, the defendant submitted a bill of over...more
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