A trust is a legal arrangement in which one party, known as the settlor or grantor, transfers ownership of assets to another party, known as the trustee, to hold and manage on behalf of designated beneficiaries. Trusts are established for various purposes, such as asset protection, estate planning, charitable giving, and wealth management, and they offer flexibility and control over the distribution of assets according to the settlor’s wishes.

Key elements of a trust include:

Settlor/Grantor: The settlor is the individual or entity that creates the trust and transfers assets into it. The settlor establishes the terms of the trust, including the identity of the beneficiaries, the assets to be included, and any specific instructions or conditions for their distribution.

Trustee: The trustee is responsible for managing and administering the trust assets according to its terms. Trustees have fiduciary duties to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries and to manage the trust prudently and per applicable laws and regulations.

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries are the individuals or entities designated to receive the benefits of the trust, such as income, assets, or other distributions. Beneficiaries may include individuals, such as family members heirs, or charitable organisations, depending on the settlor’s preferences and objectives.

Trust Property: The trust property consists of the assets from the settlor into the trust, which may include cash, real estate, securities, business interests, or other valuable assets. The trust property is held by the trustee for the benefit of the beneficiaries according to the terms of the trust.

Trust Terms: The terms of the trust, as outlined in the trust document or instrument, govern the administration and distribution of trust assets. These terms specify the powers and duties of the trustee, the rights and interests of the beneficiaries, the conditions for distributions, and any other provisions relevant to the trust’s operation.

Trust Administration: The trustee is responsible for managing the trust assets, investing them prudently, and making distributions to the beneficiaries as specified in the trust terms. Trust administration may involve record-keeping, tax reporting, accounting, and communication with beneficiaries.