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2021 Incentive Trusts: The Promise & Limits of "Do What I Want & I'll Reward You"

Total Credits: 1.2 Self Study

Practice Area:
Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate
Audio and Video


Original program date 9/14/2021


Incentive trusts are a mechanism by which the settlor tries to “incentivize” or seek to control the behavior of beneficiaries. Settlors may want to encourage children or grandchildren to achieve certain educational milestones, maintain a job, get married or have children, or remain free of substance abuse or other risky behaviors. But there are serious limits – limits of what the law will allow a settlor to demand of a beneficiary or a trustee to enforce. There are also practical limits, including how to objectively judge a beneficiary’s behavior when making distributions.  Incentive trusts are decidedly a mixed bag. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to drafting incentive trusts, counseling clients about their effectiveness and limits, and understanding what the law will (or won’t) allow.

•    Uses and limitations – practical and legal – of incentive trusts 
•    Types of incentive trusts – and rates of success or failure in achieving settlor goals
•    Structuring incentives so they can be objectively measured and administered by trustees
•    Drafting distribution provisions 
•    Counseling clients about downsides of incentive trusts and alternatives

Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for GAL Certification, ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.


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