TRUST AGREEMENT made ______________, 19__, between
_____________________(the "Grantor"), and ______________ and
1. TRUST PROPERTY. The Grantor, desiring to create
trusts for the benefit of his adult children and for other good
and valuable consideration, irrevocably assigned to the Trustees
of the property described in attached Schedule A (the "Trust
Property"), in trust, for the purposes and on the conditions
2. DISPOSITIVE PROVISIONS. The Trustees shall hold the
property for the primary benefit of ___________________
______________________________________________, and the Trustees
shall hold, manage, and invest the trust property, and shall
collect and receive the income, and after deducting all necessary
expenses incident to the administration of the trusts, shall
dispose of the corpus and income of the trusts as follows:
(a) The Trustees shall pay the entire net income of the
trust, quarter annually, to the beneficiaries of the trust,
provided that there shall be paid over absolutely to the
beneficiaries at age _______ the corpus of the trust.
(b) If any of the beneficiaries shall die before
attaining the age of ______ years, the trust for his or her
benefit shall cease, and the corpus, together with any
undistributed income, shall be paid over absolutely to the issue
of the beneficiary then living per stirpes; but if there be no
issue, then to the other beneficiaries if living, either
outright, or, if the other beneficiary shall not have then
attained the age of _____ years, in trust, to be added to, held,
administered, and distributed as part of the trust for the other
beneficiary; but if the other beneficiary is not then living,
then absolutely to the then living issue of the other beneficiary
per stirpes; and if there is no issue, then to the estate of the
beneficiary for whom the trust was being held originally.
(c) Notwithstanding anything contained to the contrary,
if at any time while the trusts are in force any financial
emergency arises in the affairs of either of the primary
beneficiaries of the trusts, or if the independent income of
either of the beneficiaries (exclusive of the income from any
trust created for his or her benefit by the Grantor) and all
other means of support are insufficient for the support of the
beneficiary, in the judgment of the Trustees, the Trustees shall
pay over to the beneficiary, solely out of the corpus of the
trust for his or her benefit, at any time and from time to time,
the sum or sums as the Trustees shall deem necessary or
appropriate in their discretion.
3. TRUSTEES' POWERS. In the administration of the
trusts, the Trustees shall have the following powers, all of
which shall be exercised in the fiduciary capacity, primarily in
the interest of the beneficiaries:
(a) To hold and continue to hold as an investment the
property, of any additional property which may be received by
them, so long as they deem proper, and to invest and reinvest in
any securities or property, whether or not income-producing,
deemed by them to be for the best interest of the trusts and the
(b) To rent or lease any property of the trusts for the
time and upon the terms and for the price or prices as in their
discretion and judgment may seem just and proper and for the best
interest of the trusts and the beneficiaries.
(c) To sell and convey any of the property of the trusts
or any interest, or to exchange it for other property, for the
price or prices and upon the terms as in their discretion and
judgment may be deemed for the best interest of the trusts and
(d) To make all repairs and improvements at any time
deemed necessary and proper to and upon real property
constituting a part of the trusts.
(e) To deduct, retain, expend, and pay out of any money
belonging to the trusts any and all necessary and proper expenses
in connection with the operation and conduct of the trusts.
(f) To vote upon all securities belonging to the trusts,
and to become a party to any stockholders' agreements deemed
advisable by them in connection with the securities.
(g) To consent to the reorganization, consolidation,
merger, liquidation, readjustment of, or other change in any
corporation, company, or association.
(h) To compromise, settle, arbitrate, or defend any
claim or demand in favor of or against the trusts.
(i) To incur and pay the ordinary and necessary expenses
of administration, including (but not by way of limitation)
reasonable attorneys' fees, accountants' fees, investment counsel
fees, and the like.
(j) To act through an agent or attorney-in-fact, by and
under power of attorney duly executed by the Trustees, in
carrying out any of the authorized powers and duties.
(k) To borrow money for any purposes of the trusts, or
incidental to their administration, upon their bond or promissory
note as trustees, and to secure their repayment by mortgaging,
creating a security interest in, or pledging or otherwise
encumbering any part or all of the property of the trusts.
(l) To lend money to any person or persons upon the
terms and in the ways and with the security as they may deem
advisable for the best interest of the trusts and the
(m) To engage in business with the property of the
trusts as sole proprietor, or as a general or limited partner,
with all the powers customarily exercised by an individual so
engaged in business, and to hold an undivided interest in any
property as tenant in common or as tenant in partnership.
(n) To determine the manner in which the expenses
incidental to or in connection with the administration of the
trusts shall be apportioned as between corpus and income.
(o) The Trustees may freely act under all or any of the
powers by this Agreement given to them in all matters concerning
the trusts, after forming their judgment based upon all the
circumstances of any particular situation as to the wisest and
best course to pursue in the interest of the trusts and the
beneficiaries, without the necessity of obtaining the consent or
permission of any interested person, or the consent or approval
of any court.
The powers granted to the Trustees may be exercised in
whole or in part, from time to time, and shall be deemed to be
supplementary to and not exclusive of the general powers of
trustees pursuant to law, and shall include all powers necessary
to carry them into effect.
4. LIMITATION ON POWERS. Notwithstanding anything
contained to the contrary, no powers enumerated or accorded to
trustees generally pursuant to law shall be construed to enable
the Grantor, or the Trustees or either of them, or any other
person, to sell, purchase, exchange, or otherwise deal with or
dispose of all or any parts of the corpus or income of the trusts
for less than an adequate consideration in money or monies worth,
or to enable the Grantor to borrow all or any part of the corpus
or income of the trusts, directly or indirectly, without adequate
interest or security.
5. CORPUS AND INCOME. The Trustees shall have the power
to determine the allocation of receipts between corpus and income
and to apportion extraordinary and share dividends between corpus
6. TRUSTEES' AUTHORITY AND THIRD PARTIES. No person
purchasing, renting, or leasing any of the property of the
trusts, or in any manner dealing with the trusts or with the
Trustees, shall be required to inquire into the authority of the
Trustees to enter into any transaction, or to account for the
application of any money paid to the Trustees on any account.
7. ADDITIONAL PROPERTY. The Grantor reserves the right
to himself or to any other person at any time, by deed or will,
to add to the corpus of either or both of the trusts, and any
property added shall be held, administered, and distributed as
part of the trust or trusts. The additional property shall be
allocated between the trusts in accordance with any directions
given in the instrument of transfer.
8. ACCOUNTING BY TRUSTEES. The Trustees may render an
accounting at any time to the beneficiaries of the trust, and the
written approval of a beneficiary shall be final, binding, and
conclusive upon all persons then or thereafter interested in the
trust for that beneficiary. The Trustees may at any time render
a judicial account of their proceedings for either or both of the
9. COMPENSATION OF TRUSTEES. The Trustees waive the
payment of any compensation for their services, but this waiver
shall not apply to any successor trustee who qualifies and acts
under this Agreement except that no person who adds to the corpus
of either or both of the trusts shall ever be entitled to any
10. SUCCESSOR TRUSTEES. Either of Trustees shall have
the power to appoint his or her successor Trustee. If either of
the named Trustees shall die, resign, become incapacitated, or
refuse to act further as Trustee, without having appointed a
successor Trustee, the other named Trustee may, but shall not be
required to, appoint a successor Trustee. The appointment of a
successor Trustee shall be made by a duly acknowledged instrument
delivered to the primary beneficiaries and to the person, if any,
then acting as Trustee.
11. BOND AND LIABILITY OF TRUSTEES. Neither of the two
(2) named Trustees shall be required to give any bond or other
security. The Trustees shall not be liable for any mistake or
error of judgment in the administration of the trusts, except for
willful misconduct, so long as they continue to exercise their
duties and powers in a fiduciary capacity primarily in the
interests of the beneficiaries.
12. IRREVOCABILITY. The trusts shall be irrevocable,
and the Grantor expressly waives all rights and powers, whether
alone or in conjunction with others, and regardless of when or
from what source he may have acquired such rights or powers, to
alter, amend, revoke, or terminate the trusts, or any of the
terms of this Agreement, in whole or in part. By this instrument
the Grantor relinquishes absolutely and forever all his
possession or enjoyment of, or right to the income from, the
trust property, and all his right and power, whether alone or in
conjunction with others, to designate the persons who shall
possess or enjoy the trust property, or the income.
13. SITUS. This trust has been executed and delivered
in the State of ______________ and shall be construed and
administered according to the laws of that state.
In witness whereof the Grantor and the Trustees have
executed this Agreement in _________________.