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Barring further claims

It is not uncommon for trustees to seek a release from beneficiaries prior to the final distribution of trust assets.   However, where beneficiaries are reluctant or unwilling a trustee may quite properly be concerned to protect the trustee’s position in the event of a subsequent claim. The avenues to address such a consideration were canvased … Continue reading

Certainty and protection

The purpose of a Beddoe application as set noted in Representation of X Trustees re D and E Trusts is to “.. provide certainty and protection to a trustee by predetermining the question of whether costs incurred in third party litigation were reasonable and should be borne out of the trust fund.” In considering whether … Continue reading

Turning of the tide?

McGuire v Earl is a successful application for the following trust information: statements of accounts copies of all Minutes and Resolutions any documents pertaining to any distributions all documents pertaining to any gifting or debt incurred, and bank statements for all bank accounts. The trust in question was settled by Mr McGuire’s father and Mr … Continue reading

No notice of trust

Section 153 (set out below) of the Land Transfer Act 2017 provides that no notice can be given on the land title register that land is held on trust. 153       Trusts not to be entered on register (1)        Notice of a trust, whether express, implied, resulting, or constructive, must not be registered or noted on … Continue reading

A fishing we shall not go

Charlotte Gavin and Daniel Powell are siblings who have been engaged in sustained litigation relating to trusts settled for their respective benefit, together with other family members that are their effective inheritances with each only intended to have recourse to the other’s trust if their own trust fails (see Powell v Powell). Charlotte seeks to … Continue reading

Empty Table

In the Matter of the Representation of First Island Trustees Limited raises interesting considerations about the position of a trustee who finds itself in a situation where the family who was to benefit has effectively disavowed the Trust.  The decision also highlights the practical aspect of anti-money laundering obligations and client due diligence where there … Continue reading

Disclosure denied

In Jacomb v Jacomb Cooke J provides a considered assessment of disclosure in the context of a troubled and disenfranchised beneficiary. The case highlights the need for careful analysis of facts when seeking disclosure, the relevant principles, and importantly given that the Trusts Act 2019 will come into full force and effect on 30 January … Continue reading

Let the children be heard

Trusts and relationships can make for very poor bedfellows. The temptation to remove a former spouse or partner as trustee or beneficiary or to appoint or remove a professional presumed to favour one side over the other (whether or not this is the case) can be tempting. Similarly fraught can be involving children in the … Continue reading

And

The H J Bourke Family Trust (the Trust) vested in May 2019. The question for the Court was whether the following clause include the grandchildren with the children on a final distribution. “AFTER the expiration of the settlement period to stand possessed of the trust fund (including the said accumulations if any) being so much … Continue reading

Disputatious, unreasonable and uncooperative

MacIntosh v Thomas relates to the administration of an estate where there has been considerable disharmony between the beneficiaries and the trustees in circumstances where the court has acknowledged that the trustees have displayed “displayed considerable patience, forbearance and professionalism in dealing with the behaviour of the [beneficiaries] …” The decision is largely fact-specific.  However, usefully … Continue reading

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