Named Beneficiary Has Standing To Contest Actions of Trustee
Pa. Supreme Court reverses ruling that denied standing when beneficiary’s payment would not be affected
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has reversed an appellate court decision and has held that a named beneficiary of a trust has standing to contest the actions of a trustee even where a decision would not affect the beneficiary’s annual payout from the trust. It has held that a violation of the trustee’s duty which affects the beneficiary’s equitable interest in the trust property makes relief available that is equitable in nature, even where the beneficiary cannot demonstrate that she suffered, or will suffer, a monetary loss. Augustus Ashton died in October 1951. In his will, he created a trust to provide fixed annuities to eight family members, with the remainder for certain charitable...
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