Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Leslie Kiefer Amann (Sentinel Trust Company LBA) recently published an article entitled, Discretionary Distributions: Old Rules, New Perspectives, Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal, Vol. 6 No. 2, 181-220 (2014). Provided below is a portion of the article’s introduction:
The “discretion” exercised by a trustee includes all aspects of administration, but making payments out of a trust—the discretionary distribution—often seems to be the greatest challenge. This material was originally created for the Texas Bankers Association Annual Graduate Trust School. Over a period of nearly fifteen years, it has been gradually expanded to include illustrations and materials from other states; however, the primary focus remains on the information needed to make excellent fiduciary decisions and draft clear fiduciary instructions under Texas law.
Although many of the citations are to Texas law, some principles are universally applied, and regarding those, this article will draw on the case law of other states and sources.