Trust Series 2019 - Beneficiary rights – Beyond Erceg - 13 March 2019 (On Demand)


This webinar will provide an in-depth study of beneficiaries and beneficiary rights. The Supreme Court decision in Erceg v Erceg has provided valuable guidance about the rights of beneficiaries to information. However, in 2019 it is time to look beyond that because armed with that information – what can a beneficiary do? This webinar considers whether and when beneficiaries can:

  • challenge trustee decisions 
  • seek the removal of a trustee 
  • caveat trust property 

Attendees will receive a paper that includes case notes and a useful checklist that canvasses matters to be taken into consideration for trustees responding to information requests

This webinar, which will conclude with a question and answer section, will focus on:

  • the practical application of the Erceg v Erceg decisions 
  • what practitioners need to know about Little v Howick DL Trustee Limited
  • the Trusts Bill and what this might mean for trustees and beneficiaries 
  • Biggs v Biggs – discovery vs disclosure 
  • exercising powers to add and remove beneficiaries – when are these fiduciary? 

Other topics covered will include:

  • A discussion of the rights of different beneficiaries and matters settlors need to take into consideration when drafting deeds of trust 
  • Drafting and amending classes of beneficiaries moving forwards 
  • How trustees should respond to information requests from a beneficiary 
  • What documents might have to be disclosed to a beneficiary 
  • Appointment and removal of beneficiaries – from the perspective of the trustee, the beneficiary and appointor 
  • Beneficiaries challenging trustee decisions 
  • The unreasonable beneficiary – who pays for that? 
  • The costs of getting it wrong 

Beneficiaries are fundamental to a valid trust. Although modern discretionary trusts commonly allow some beneficiaries to be favoured over others, it is important for trust practitioners to have a good understanding and appreciation of what rights any particular beneficiary has, when or how these rights can be enforced or lost; and the exercise of powers of appointment and removal. This will be particularly important as trustees consider removal of beneficiaries or winding up trusts to avoid the disclosure obligations proposed under the Trusts Bill


Attendees will learn:

  • What rights beneficiaries have
  • The thorny issue of standing
  • How trustees should consider an information request
  • What information does not need to be disclosed to beneficiaries
  • Drafting considerations
  • Matters to take into consideration when appointing and removing beneficiaries


13 March 2019


This webinar is targeted at all practitioners at all levels but will be of particular interest to practitioners who advise trustees or beneficiaries


Vicki Ammundsen, Director, Vicki Ammundsen Trust Law


1.25 CPD Hours

  • On Demand Event
    Complete online in your own time (Self-paced)
    • $190.00 excl. GST

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