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Alaska Supreme Court Invalidates Exclusive Jurisdiction Provision

A recent decision allows Montana fraudulent transfer finding to affect protections of a self-settled trust.

Section 34.40.110(k) of the Alaska Trust Act purports to grant Alaska courts exclusive jurisdiction over an action brought to avoid, as a fraudulent transfer, a transfer of property to an Alaska self-settled spendthrift trust.1 At its core, the statute provides that “[a] court of this state has exclusive jurisdiction over an action brought under a cause of action or claim for relief that is based on a transfer of property to a trust that is the subject of this section.”

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