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Recognition of Trusts Act 1987

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Chapter IE+W+S+N.I. —Scope

Article 1E+W+S+N.I.

This Convention specifies the law applicable to trusts and governs their recognition.

Article 2E+W+S+N.I.

For the purposes of this Convention, the term “trust” refers to the legal relationship created—inter vivos or on death—by a person, the settlor, when assets have been placed under the control of a trustee for the benefit of a beneficiary or for a specified purpose.

A trust has the following characteristics—

(a)the assets constitute a separate fund and are not a part of the trustee’s own estate;

(b)title to the trust assets stands in the name of the trustee or in the name of another person on behalf of the trustee;

(c)the trustee has the power and the duty, in respect of which he is accountable, to manage, employ or dispose of the assets in accordance with the terms of the trust and the special duties imposed upon him by law.

The reservation by the settlor of certain rights and powers, and the fact that the trustee may himself have rights as a beneficiary, are not necessarily inconsistent with the existence of a trust.

Article 3E+W+S+N.I.

The Convention applies only to trusts created voluntarily and evidenced in writing.

Article 4E+W+S+N.I.

The Convention does not apply to preliminary issues relating to the validity of wills or of other acts by virtue of which assets are transferred to the trustee.

Article 5E+W+S+N.I.

The Convention does not apply to the extent that the law specified by Chapter II does not provide for trusts or the category of trusts involved.

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