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What is the settled sum and what should the trustees do with it?

A discretionary trust is created when a person known as the “settlor” gives the trustee money or property for the benefit of the beneficiaries. This “settled sum” is the original trust fund.

It is often a good idea for the trustee to open a bank account to deposit the settled sum shortly after the deed has been executed (if the trustee is a company set up by InterDocs, the included directors’ resolution assumes this will be done) – this can provide further evidence regarding the date the trust was settled. Some trustees prefer to staple the settled sum to the deed, so as to ensure it is not eroded by bank fees, but this can also be dangerous if the original deed is lost (meaning the settled sum is completely lost). However, if a corporate trustee would prefer to take this alternative option, they should amend the directors’ resolution accordingly.