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(p. 476) 14. Dispositive Powers and Duties 

(p. 476) 14. Dispositive Powers and Duties
(p. 476) 14. Dispositive Powers and Duties

Graham Virgo

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date: 22 February 2020

This chapter examines the powers and duties of trustees relating to the distribution of trust property to beneficiaries or objects. It explains that dispositive powers enable the trustees to exercise a discretion relating to the distribution of trust assets and dispositive duties requires them to act in a particular way or to make a particular decision. This chapter also discusses the underlying principles of the duty to distribute and the powers of appointment, maintenance, and advancement. The chapter further considers a variety of principles which are applicable to determine how powers of appointment should be exercised, what happens when the power is not exercised properly, and mechanisms to assist trustees in the exercise of these powers.

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