Pacifying a Silent Trust

Pacifying a Silent Trust

Ten ideas for avoiding complications that may arise from limiting a trustee’s duty to inform beneficiaries of an irrevocable trust’s existence


Many people prefer to keep their finances and estate plans to themselves; only after death are these details disclosed to their children and grandchildren. The reasons for this reticence are many, including desires for personal privacy and to avoid sapping beneficiaries of incentive. 

All access premium subscription

Your subscription will include 12 months of Trusts & Estates magazine and access to premium content on

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.