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James G. Houston III
Watkins & Eager PLLC
P.O. Box 650
Jackson, MS 39205-0650
(601) 965-1900

James R. Young
Wells Marble & Hurst PLLC
P.O. Box 131
Jackson, MS 39205-0131
(601) 605-6900

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The Trust Laws Study Group was created in the summer of 2009 by the Secretary of State’s Office to consider needed changes to Mississippi’s trust laws. The Group will be recommending the adoption of the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) and the Uniform Principal and Income Act (UPIA). In addition, it will be recommending updates to the state laws governing with trustees’ powers; that virtual representation be authorized in trust proceedings; and the authorization of so-called “dynasty trusts” by allowing trustors to opt out of the traditional rule against perpetuities. Finally, the Group will be recommending statutes validating self-settled spendthrift trusts (often called asset-protection trusts or APTs), similar to laws that currently exist in other states, such as Delaware, Alaska, and Tennessee.

The Study Group will continue to meet in 2009 and will make its formal recommendations to the Mississippi Legislature later this year.

Trust Laws Study Group Meeting # 1 (July 22, 2009)

Trust Laws Study Group Meeting # 2 (August 25, 2009)

Trust Laws Study Group Meeting # 3 (October 1, 2009)