discretionary trust
discretionary trust see trust

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

discretionary trust
A common type of trust that grants the trustee broad power to decide when and how much income or property to distribute to a beneficiary.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Living Trusts & Avoiding Probate

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

discretionary trust
A type of trust under which the trustees have the power to accumulate income (during the permitted accumulated period) and subject to that, to distribute income or capital among a group of beneficiaries as they think fit.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


discretionary trust
An arrangement whereby property is set aside with directions that it be used for the benefit of another, the beneficiary, and which provides that the trustee (one appointed or required by law to administer the property) has the right to accumulate, rather than pay out to the beneficiary, the annual income generated by the property or a portion of the property itself.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


discretionary trust
An arrangement whereby property is set aside with directions that it be used for the benefit of another, the beneficiary, and which provides that the trustee (one appointed or required by law to administer the property) has the right to accumulate, rather than pay out to the beneficiary, the annual income generated by the property or a portion of the property itself.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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