Testamentary Trust

Definition of 'Testamentary Trust'


A legal and fiduciary relationship created through explicit instructions in a deceased's will. A testamentary trust goes into effect upon an individual's death and is commonly used when someone wants to leave assets to a beneficiary, but doesn't want the beneficiary to receive those assets until a specified time. Testamentary trusts are irrevocable.

Investopedia explains 'Testamentary Trust'


For example, a parent might create a testamentary trust to leave assets to their minor child so that the child would not receive the assets until he or she became an adult and could manage them responsibly. A trustee will manage the testamentary trust's assets until the beneficiary receives control of them.


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