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Perpetual trusts

2014

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Unconstitutional Perpetual Trusts, Steven J. Horowitz, Robert H. Sitkoff Nov 2014

Unconstitutional Perpetual Trusts, Steven J. Horowitz, Robert H. Sitkoff

Vanderbilt Law Review

"I never can be thankful, Mr. Bennet, for any thing about the entail."t Perpetual trusts are an established feature of today's estate planning firmament. Yet little-noticed provisions in the constitutions of nine states, including in five states that purport to allow perpetual trusts by statute, proscribe ')erpetuities." This Article examines those provisions in light of the meaning of ')erpetuity" as a legal term of art across history. We consider the constitutionality of perpetual trust statutes in states that have a constitutional ban on perpetuities and whether courts in states with such a ban may give effect to a perpetual trust …