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Proposed Changes to Washington’s Trust Statutes

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by John S. Palmer

Various changes to the statutes governing both revocable and irrevocable trusts in Washington are currently being considered by the Legislative Committee of the Washington State Bar Association for submission to the state legislature.

Among the changes being considered are technical corrections to legislation passed last year as SHB 1051, which took effect January 1, 2012 (the “2011 Act”).

The 2011 Act imposes an obligation on trustees to provide all persons with an interest in a trust with certain basic information about the trust within 60 days of becoming trustee of an irrevocable trust, or within 60 days of the date the trustee learns that a formerly revocable trust has become irrevocable. The 2011 Act also requires trustees of irrevocable trusts to keep all interested parties reasonably informed about the administration of the trust and of the material facts necessary for them to protect their interests.

The amendments now being considered by WSBA’s legislative committee include:

It is possible that one or more of these changes will be passed into law during the next regular session of the Washington State Legislature that begins January 14, 2013.

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