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Trust Administration Termination Policy

The Uniform Trust Code provides that the trustee may terminate an uneconomic trust if the assets are less than $100,000. The provisions of the Uniform Trust Code concerning termination of small trusts appear consistent with prior statutory authority; however, there is a substantial increase in amount and the UTC requires limited oversight. Thus, in Fairfax, the commissioner has adopted a policy under which the commissioner may approve the termination of a supervised trust of $100,000 or less pursuant upon notice and presentation of a plan consistent with the settlor’s intent. The policy is stated below.


The commissioner of accounts may approve the termination of a testamentary trust in accordance with the provisions of Virginia Code § 64.2-732. The commissioner must also approve a Final Account of the Trustee, and the following documents should accompany the request to terminate the testamentary trust:

  1. Statement as to why the value of the trust assets is insufficient to justify the costs of administration.
  2. Written consent of the qualified beneficiaries to the termination and plan of distribution (and evidence of notice to all beneficiaries or their representatives).
  3. A plan of distribution and a statement as to why such plan is consistent with the testamentary intent of the trustor.

In the event that the commissioner believes that either the termination or the plan of distribution is contrary to the testator's intent, then the commissioner will decline to approve the termination of the trust. The trustee may seek review of the commissioner’s determination from the Court.



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