Dynasty trust

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A dynasty trust is a trust designed to avoid or minimize estate taxes being applied to great family wealth with each transfer to subsequent generations.[1] By holding assets in the trust and making well-defined distributions to each generation, the entire wealth of the trust is not subject to estate taxes with the passage of each generation.

Dynasty trusts in the United States are the combined result of the imposition of the generation-skipping transfer tax upon trusts that attempted to bypass transferring all assets to children, and the repeal of the rule against perpetuities by states attempting to attract the great wealth of such trusts.[2][3]


  1. ^ Madoff, Ray (11 July 2010). "America Builds an Aristocracy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  2. ^ Saunders, Laura (5 March 2011). "Dynasty Trusts Under Attack". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  3. ^ Robert H. Sitkoff and Max M. Schanzenbach (2005). "Jurisdictional Competition for Trust Funds: An Empirical Analysis of Perpetuities and Taxes". Yale Law Journal. 115: 356. SSRN 666481.