Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Impact of the Spry decision on trusts

As set out in earlier posts, and with thanks to the Television Education Network, today’s post addresses the issue of ‘Impact of the Spry decision on trusts’ at the following link - https://youtu.be/mFkCvyZaqZs

As usual, a transcript of the presentation for those that cannot (or choose not) to view the presentation is below –

There is no doubt that immediately following Spry, basically everyone was assuming that the position moving forward would be that no matter how you set up a trust, and no matter if it was a family trust or a testamentary trust, it would never provide any level of asset protection at all. 

However, the reality in relation to Spry is that a lot of the reasons for it having such a radical impact in that particular scenario were really driven by the factual circumstances of the case.

For example, there were allegations, though not proven, neither were they disproven, regarding mismanagement of trust assets, deliberate threats to actually destroy trust property, and deliberate attempts to mislead the judges through the various stages of the court process. 

If you look at Spry in the context of these allegations, in terms of the wider factual scenario, and some of the subsequent cases, it's probably fair to say that you can distinguish a lot of the general trust structuring planning is in this area, away from the decision of Spry itself.

Until next week.