ACTEC Law Journal


Each edition of the Restatement of Trusts defined the phrase "the terms of the trust" exactly the same. It means the manifestation of the settlor's intent expressed in a manner that admits of its proof in judicial proceedings. This definition weds the language of the instrument to the evidentiary rules governing Trust contests. This article explores the extent to which extrinsic evidence of settlor intent is admissable and consequently a consideration for those puzzling out the meaning of a trust.



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