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NHTC Announces 2018 New Hampshire Trust Conference: October 18-19, 2018

The New Hampshire Trust Council is pleased to announce that it will host the second annual New Hampshire Trust Conference - a two-day gathering of thought-leaders and practitioners, focusing on developments in trust law and best industry practices in the Granite State and beyond. Please join us at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa in New Castle, NH on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19. To see a full list of speakers and topics, please click here. To register and save your place, please visit the event registration page. Please contact Glenn Perlow (glenn.perlow@nhtrustcouncil.com) with any questions regarding the event.  

By |2018-10-05T11:57:38-04:00August 30, 2018|News|

New Hampshire Trust Council Files Friend of the Court Brief

The New Hampshire Trust Council has filed a friend of the court (amicus) brief in the New Hampshire Supreme Court. In re Teresa E. Craig Living Trust, Docket No. 2017-0532. Prepared by Todd Mayo and Glenn Perlow of Perspecta Trust, the brief addresses a question certified to the Supreme Court by the New Hampshire Probate Court regarding application of the pretermitted heir statute. The pretermitted heir statute (RSA 551:10) provides children (and their descendants) who were inadvertently omitted from a will with the same share of the estate they would have received had there been no will (an intestate share). In consideration of this statute, wills that are intended to disinherit one of more children are carefully drafted with specific language to avoid any question of inadvertent omission. In Robbins v. Johnson, 147 N.H. 44 (2001), the NH Supreme Court was asked to extend the application of the pretermitted heir statute to trusts, but refused to do so, because on its face the statute applies only to wills, and it did not find “clear indication from the legislature that this is its intention….” In the case currently before the Court, it is again being asked to apply the pretermitted heir statute to trusts. In re Estate of Craig, Case No. 2017-0532. The Plaintiffs in Craig argue that in 2004, three years after Robbins was decided, the legislature clearly indicated its intention that the pretermitted heir statute would also apply to trusts when it adopted the Uniform Trust Code (UTC). This appears to be the first time this argument has been made in a legal proceeding in New Hampshire. As the Trustee in Craig has pointed out, were the Court to hold that the pretermitted heir [...]

By |2019-04-08T14:09:11-04:00January 25, 2018|Case Law, Legal Resource, News|

NHTC Announces 2017 New Hampshire Trust Conference: September 29, 2017

The New Hampshire Trust Council is pleased to announce that it will host the first annual New Hampshire Trust Conference – a one-day gathering of thought-leaders and practitioners, focusing on developments in trust law and best industry practices in the Granite State and beyond. Please join us at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa in New Castle, NH on Friday, September 29. To see a full list of speakers and topics, please click here. To register and save your place, please visit the event registration page. Please contact Glenn Perlow (glenn.perlow@nhtrustcouncil.com) with any questions regarding the event.

By |2017-09-28T15:21:19-04:00August 21, 2017|News|

New Hampshire Trust Council Files Friend of the Court Brief

The New Hampshire Trust Council has filed its first friend of the court (amicus) brief in the New Hampshire Supreme Court, in the matter of Hodges, et al. v. Johnson, et al., Docket No. 2016-0130.  Prepared by Todd Mayo and Glenn Perlow of Perspecta Trust, the brief seeks reversal of a ruling by the 7th Circuit Court, Probate Division that voided a series of decantings of an irrevocable trust established in 2004. Three beneficiaries, whose beneficial interests were extinguished as a result of the decantings, complained that the Trustees had failed to duly consider those interests when exercising discretionary powers under the trust to undertake the decantings. Following a trial, the Probate Court agreed. On reviewing the final order, the Trust Council felt that the Trustees had been held to an incorrect standard. It filed the amicus brief in support of the Trustees’ appeal, in order to ensure that “the New Hampshire Trust Code’s provisions are interpreted and applied by the courts accurately and consistent with well-established precedent and the intent of the legislature.” The amicus brief can be read in its entirety here.

By |2017-05-25T11:38:04-04:00November 8, 2016|Legal Resource, News|

The New Hampshire Trust Advantage: Why the Granite State Rocks When it Comes to Administering Trusts

This article was previously published in the June 2016 issue of Estate Planning (Thomson Reuters/Tax & Accounting) and in the Q3 2016 issue of Terralex. Authors: STEVEN BURKE, THANDA FIELDS BRASSARD, VON E. SANBORN, AND CONSTANCE E. SHIELDS The State of New Hampshire has some of the most progressive and flexible trust statutes in the United States.  Consequently, it is one of the premier jurisdictions for establishing and administering trusts. Over the last decade, New Hampshire legislators have actively engaged in modernizing New Hampshire’s trust laws so that the state is an attractive safe-haven for both domestic and foreign private wealth. Among other benefits, New Hampshire affords asset protection legislation that is as good as or better than that offered by other U.S. jurisdictions.  New Hampshire law compares favorably to the laws of the few United States jurisdictions that, like New Hampshire, have adopted progressive trust legislation. However, New Hampshire is unique among these states because of its accessible East Coast location, the relatively low cost of trust services in New Hampshire, and its Uniform Trust Code (“UTC”) based code that enables more seamless relocation of other UTC state law trusts to New Hampshire, in contrast to non-UTC states, such as Delaware.  In addition, New Hampshire has a specialized court solely focused on resolving trust disputes. Premium Flexibility in Trust Administration Since 2004, the New Hampshire legislature has continually modernized its trust legislation to make trust administration significantly more efficient and flexible.  New Hampshire trust law now includes favorable provisions permitting, for example non-judicial settlement agreements, trustee decanting, trustee modification, and virtual representation, each of which allows trustees to administer trusts more efficiently and to modify a trust’s operative provisions when circumstances require, without the [...]

By |2017-05-25T11:38:04-04:00August 17, 2016|Article, News|

New Hampshire Modernizes Its Trust Company and Family Trust Company Laws

CONCORD, N.H., July 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Monday, Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law a bill modernizing and simplifying New Hampshire’s trust company and family trust company laws (also known as private trust companies). The New Hampshire Trust Council (www.nhtrustcouncil.com) supported and helped to write the bill. “By modernizing and simplifying the trust company and family trust company laws, the new law further enhances New Hampshire’s attractiveness on both the national and international stages as a leading trust jurisdiction,” said Todd D. Mayo, president of the New Hampshire Trust Council and a principal and general counsel of Perspecta Trust (www.perspectatrust.com). Mr. Mayo was a member of the working group that drafted the new law. The new law simplifies, clarifies, and reorganizes the banking, trust company, and family trust laws. The new law eliminates 21 chapters of statutes—which were sometimes potentially confusing and redundant—and replaces them with just five chapters. The new chapters include a chapter devoted to trust companies and a chapter devoted to family trust companies. In contrast to many aspects of prior law which were written in another era and often did not reflect the differences between trust companies and other types of banking institutions, the new law is tailored to modern trust law and modern business practices of trust companies and family trust companies. For trust companies and family trust companies, the new law’s notable features include: Creates a streamlined application process for new trust companies and family trust companies. Allows a trust company or family trust company to invest its capital consistent with the prudent investor rule. Reduces assessments on trust companies and family trust companies, caps the assessments on family trust companies, and generally reduces the reserves for [...]

By |2017-05-25T11:38:04-04:00July 30, 2015|News|

New Hampshire Trust Council Hosts Reception for Members, Industry Leaders, and State Dignitaries

On September 29, 2014, the New Hampshire Trust Council hosted its members, as well as other industry leaders and notable guests. Those guests included Senators Lou D’Allesandro and Jeb Bradley, Judge Gary Cassavechia, Bank Commissioner Glenn Perlow, Deputy Bank Commissioner Ingrid White, and Director of Trust Supervision Spencer Culp. The reception afforded members and industry leaders an opportunity to talk informally with key policymakers and officials about issues affecting the state’s trust services sector. In addition, some of the notable guests made remarks. Judge Cassavechia, who is the presiding judge of the state’s trust court, summarized the history of the court’s creation, described the trust court’s initial successes, and shared some thoughts about how the trust court may continue to evolve going forward. Commissioner Perlow commented on his department’s efforts to serve better the trust companies that it oversees, including the appointment of the first director of trust supervision and the department’s participation in modernizing the state’s trust company laws. Senators D’Allesandro and Bradley both spoke about the importance of the trust services sector as a growing part of the state’s economy, as well as the bipartisan support that trust and trust company legislation has earned. As the voice of the trust services sector within New Hampshire, the Trust Council continues to play a leading role in enhancing the state’s laws governing trusts and trust companies, as well as promoting the sector. Heading into 2015, the Trust Council is actively involved in the efforts to modernize the state’s banking laws and is leading the effort to prepare another trust bill. The Trust Council also announced the formation of a marketing committee, which aims to increase national awareness of the state’s favorable environment for trusts and [...]

By |2017-05-25T11:38:04-04:00September 30, 2014|News|

New Hampshire Enhances Its Trust Laws

New Hampshire Enhances Its Trust Laws by the New Hampshire Trust Council Revised July 28, 2014 In July 2014, New Hampshire enacted a sweeping new trust law. The new law includes: Enhanced protection of settlor intent Lifetime approval of wills and trusts Enforcement of arbitration or other nonjudicial dispute resolution procedures Rejection of the fiduciary exception to the attorney-client privilege Expansion and clarification of the decanting statute Creation of a trustee's power to modify the terms of the trust Procedures for disposing of claims against a settlor or a trust Limitation on the liability of beneficiaries This white paper summarizes those key features of the new law. The Trust Council also has issued a press release announcing the new law's enactment.

By |2017-05-25T11:38:04-04:00July 28, 2014|Article, News|