Decant a trust to add trustee flexibility
Abstract: This article discusses “John,” who is the trustee of his deceased brother’s irrevocable trust. In light of the recently enacted estate tax laws, as well as changing circumstances surrounding his brother’s family, John would like additional flexibility in adapting the trust to the new laws and evolving family situation. One of his options is to decant the trust. Decanting would allow him to use his distribution powers to “pour” funds from the trust into another trust with different terms. Even though this strategy is permitted in many states, decanting laws can vary dramatically among them. The article discusses some common differences.