Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Fixing Trusts: Techniques to Alter a Trust When Circumstances Have Changed – A National Perspective

January 22, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours


Trusts are meant to endure, but shifting circumstances can take a substantial toll on their assets, their tax and legal status, their ability to make distributions or even survive. The law may change in ways that adversely impact a trust. Beneficiaries may develop intractable conflicts that jeopardize the trust’s stability. Assets may underperform and the cost of administering a trust may make it uneconomical. In certain instances, too, trusts may just no longer have a purpose.  In these and other circumstances, trustees, beneficiaries and their advisers struggle to find ways to reform or recast trusts to make them viable again or to dissolve them and distribute their assets. This program will provide you with a practical guide to the circumstances giving rise to trust reformation and practical techniques for fixing broken trusts. 


  • Effective techniques for reforming or fixing trusts
  • Circumstances giving rise to trust reformation – asset underperformance, beneficiaries conflicts, changes in law, trusts that no longer have purpose
  • Principal and income adjustment powers under the UPIA
  • Conversions of trusts from one type to another
  • Use of decanting to distribute trust assets of broken trusts
  • Agreement of parties or court order
  • Special tax considerations and pitfalls


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Program Speaker:
Benjamin S. Candland
, McGuireWoods, LLP,, Virginia



Benjamin S. Candland is an attorney in the Richmond, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where his practice focuses on estate planning, administration, estate and gift taxation, and litigation. He provides individual clients with advice on various estate planning matters involving estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. He is a member of the ABA Real Property and Probate Section and the Virginia Bar Association Trusts and Estate Section. Mr. Candland received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law.