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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, June 20, 2022

Iowa Supreme Court: Surviving Settlor Cannot Modify Irrevocable Trust Without Court Approval

Estate planningLast month the Iowa Supreme Court concluded that a surviving settlor of an irrevocable trust cannot modify the dispositive terms without court approval.

In Iowa, a trust agreement executed after July 1, 2000 is presumed revocable and can be modified or revoked by the settlor unless the terms state that it is to be irrevocable. Iowa Code provides that an irrevocable trust can be modified with the consent of the settlor and all beneficiaries, which must include all of the settlors, not just the surviving settlor.

Another option is for a surviving settlor to modify the irrevocable trust with court approval, even if all beneficiaries consent to the change.

For more Information:

See Iowa Supreme Court: Surviving Settlor Cannot Modify Irrevocable Trust Without Court Approval”, Probate Stars, May 2022.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/2022/06/-iowa-supreme-court-surviving-settlor-cannot-modify-irrevocable-trust-without-court-approval.html

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