Reformation or Termination of a Trust

Phoenix Trust Termination and Reformation Attorney

Experience and Skill for Your Trust Needs

We have more than 25 years of experience as a law firm serving our clients' needs in the area of wills, trusts and probate litigation. William D. Black has been a lawyer since 1979. We can help you if you are in need of termination or reformation of a trust.

At The Law Offices of William D. Black in Scottsdale, Arizona , we are experienced with trust termination and reformation. Our dedicated staff and our state-of-the-art technological systems help ensure that we give you the best legal representation available. We have many of the resources of a big firm, in a more comfortable, small-firm atmosphere. Our clients never get lost in the legal shuffle.

Changing a Trust in Arizona

If you need to terminate or reform a trust, there are a few different ways that this can be done legally:

  • Grantor: Of course, before death, the grantor in some instances can change or terminate the trust. This is all dependent on the terms of the trust and the surrounding circumstances.
  • Consent: If the beneficiaries consent and the grantor does not object, the trust can be terminated. The court can also terminate a trust even if the grantor is deceased or does not consent to the termination. This is not a simple process, and it is best to contact an experienced probate litigation attorney to help you.
  • Reformation: Arizona law allows for certain changes to be made to a trust if these changes would help make the trust more efficient or effective in realizing the grantor's original intention. We understand the various probate court processes and petition used to modify a trust. We take care of the required notifications when submitting the petition and know how to demonstrate changed circumstances, detailing how the trustor and his or her attorney could not have anticipated the changes. Arizona law is generally receptive to petitions to modify a trust, so long as the reasons are well-justified and do not defeat the trustor's purposes.

Certain reasons to consider modifying a trust are:

  • Unclear or uncertain language in the original trust document
  • Inadequate definition of trustees' duties and responsibilities in the original trust document
  • Lack of clarity in the identity of the beneficiaries in the original trust document
  • Divorce or remarriage that invalidates the intent of the original trustor
  • Other similar and compelling reasons

Contact Us for a Free Initial Consultation

We know that for most people, the idea of reforming or terminating a trust is a very complicated one. If you are facing these issues, contact us . We can give you some initial insight, helping you understand your options and what we can do to help you.

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