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How to Use Trust Protectors in Client Plans

November 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The use of trust protectors and trust advisers are increasingly commonplace in in trust and estate planning. Trust protectors stand in the shoes of the trust settlor, ensuring that his or her wishes are fulfilled. Appointed the settlor, they are independent of trustees, potentially wielding substantial power over the trustee’s decisions, including adding or removing beneficiaries, making distributions, or even removing the trustee. The idea is the trust protector will have a global vision of the settlor’s wishes, judge trustee performance, and beneficiary needs. But these innovations come with administrative inefficiencies, additional costs, and complicated drafting. This program will provide you with a practical guide to planning with and drafting the duties of trust protectors and trust advisers for client trusts.

Handout Materials will be emailed to you prior to the seminar
1.0 MCLE Credit Hours


• Role, sources of authority, and duties of trust protectors
• Differences between trust protectors and trust advisers
• Relationship of trust protectors to trust settlor, trustees, and beneficiaries
• Powers of trust protectors – trustee removal, investment veto, trust termination, beneficiary modification, direct distributions
• Costs and administrative issues of trust protectors and trust advisers
• Statutory and common law forms of trust protectors


Dan Daniels, Wiggin & Dana, LLP – Greenwich, Connecticut