Quiet Trusts and Great Expectations

, New York Law Journal

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Jonathan J. Rikoon, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, and Louise Ding Yang, an associate at the firm, write that over the past decade more than 30 jurisdictions have enacted legislation - primarily driven by controversial provisions included in the 2000 Uniform Trust Code - permitting some form of a "quiet" or "silent" trust in which the settlor abrogates or severely limits a trustee's duty to inform beneficiaries of the existence of an irrevocable trust or to notify beneficiaries of certain other trust information.

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