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Trust Instrument Can’t Completely Insulate Trustee From Liability

September 2, 2016

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Luke Lantta

Trust Instrument Can’t Completely Insulate Trustee From Liability

September 2, 2016

by: Luke Lantta

Settlors often want to give their trustees peace of mind that they can administer the trust without a court looking over their shoulder and second-guessing every act they take.  So, estate planners will often put a broad exculpatory clause in the trust instrument to relieve the trustee from liability for certain actions in administering the trust.  But, just as we have seen in other jurisdictions, in In re Scott David Hurwich 1986 Irrevocable Trust, the Court of Appeals of Indiana recognized that there is a limit as to how far the relief from liability can extend.

A settlor/beneficiary of a trust sued the trustee, alleging mismanagement of trust assets, commingling trust assets with the trustee’s own funds, conversion of trust assets, waste of trust

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Limits Of Exculpatory Clauses In Trusts

August 12, 2015

Authors

Luke Lantta

Limits Of Exculpatory Clauses In Trusts

August 12, 2015

by: Luke Lantta

Many trustors want to give their trustees wide berth to administer the trust.  In a lot of cases that makes sense because the trustee does not need someone second guessing every discretionary act taken during the life of a trust.  One way a trustor may try to give a trustee room in administering the trust is by including an exculpatory clause in the trust that relieves the trustee from liability for actions that might otherwise be considered a breach of duty.  Of course, trustees appreciate these kind of clauses.  Some jurisdictions defer to these clauses; some do not.  In Rafert v. Meyer, the Supreme Court of Nebraska invalidated a provision in a trust that provided that the trustee had no duty to pay the insurance premiums on 3 insurance policies that constituted the corpus of

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