• 37 minutes

How Can You Modify or Terminate a Trust Early If There Are No Terms in the Trust Authorizing Such Action


Review specific situations why beneficiaries may wish to modify a trust.

From outdated trust terms to a change in the institutional trustee the beneficiary of a trust may want to make some changes. Trust law is the subject of state law, not federal law; although certain broad principles may be found in almost every state’s trust law you much make sure you are focusing on the law of the state in which the trust is located to determine what principles and rules are going to apply. This video reviews when a trust will, and can, terminate; and common law rules of termination or modification with the consent of the beneficiaries.

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Stacey P. Nakasian, Esq.

Stacey P. Nakasian, Esq.

Duffy & Sweeney, LTD

  • Partner in the Providence, R.I. law firm of Duffy & Sweeney, LTD where she chairs the Litigation Department
  • More than 26 years of experience as a commercial litigation and trial lawyer with a specialty in trust and fiduciary law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyer-of-the-Year, 2015, for the categories of litigation-trusts and estates; included in the Top 50 Female New England Super Lawyers, 2013; named as “Leader in the Field” of commercial litigation by Chambers USA for years
  • J.D. degree, Order of the Coif, The George Washington University Law School; B.A. degree, cum laude, University of Virginia
Lauren K. Drury, Esq.

Lauren K. Drury, Esq.

The Washington Trust Company

  • Vice President, Chief Fiduciary Officer
  • Estate planning, estate administration, and trust administration
  • Co-editor of A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Rhode Island (2022)
  • Member of the Rhode Island Bar, Federal District Court Bar, Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island
  • J.D. degree, Case Western Reserve School of Law; B.A. degree, Muhlenberg College
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] and 401-348-1300

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