ACTEC Law Journal


James P. Spica


Editor's synopsis: Exercising special powers of appointment over tax advantages trusts in a jurisdiction that has enacted perpetuities reform can be hazardous in light of the so-called "Delaware tax trap" and the "constructive additions" and trust-modification rules of the Treasury's GST-tax effective date regulations. Compliance with these federal tax rules against perpetuities may or may not be guaranteed by the applicable reform legislation. This Article examines a particular situation in which self-help is required for compliance, offers a set of forced-vested provisions to fit the bill, and indicates how those provisions can be adatpted for use in other situations in which, in light of local perpetuities reform, the exercise of a special power of appointment threatens the longevity of federal tax advantages.



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