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Declaration Of Irrevocable Trust

This Declaration of Irrevocable Trust is made on [Date], by and between [Name], of [Address], hereinafter called the Trustor, and [Name], of [Address], hereinafter called the Trustee.


The Trustor hereby irrevocably assigns, conveys and gives to the Trustee, in trust, the following property:

[Description of Property]


The Trustee shall receive and hold said property, together with any additions thereto, in trust for the use and benefit of:


This trust shall be irrevocable and unamendable. I am aware of the consequences of establishing an irrevocable trust and hereby affirm that the trust created by this agreement shall be irrevocable by me or by any other person, it being my intention to make to the beneficiary/beneficiaries named herein an absolute gift of the property described in paragraph one, above.


This agreement and the trust created hereby shall be administered, managed, governed and regulated in all respects according to applicable statutes of the State of [State].


The Trustee, in addition to all other powers granted by this agreement and by law, shall have the following additional powers with respect to the trust, to be exercised from time to time at the Trustee's discretion:

Management of the Trust. To invest and reinvest, lease, rent, mortgage, insure, repair, improve or sell any of the real and personal property of the trust as he may deem advisable.

Business Interests. To sell or otherwise liquidate, or to continue to operate at his discretion, any corporation, partnership or other business interest which may be received by the trust.

Mortgages, Pledges and Deeds of Trust. To enforce any and all mortgages, pledges and deeds of trust held by the trust and to purchase at any sale thereunder any such real estate or personal property subject to any mortgage, pledge or deed of trust.

Litigation. To initiate or defend, at his discretion, any litigation affecting the trust.

Attorneys, Advisors and Agents. To employ and to pay from the trust reasonable compensation to such attorneys, accountants, brokers, and investment, tax and other advisors as he shall deem advisable.

Adjustment of Claims. To submit to arbitration, to compromise or to release or otherwise adjust, with or without compensation, any and all claims affecting the trust estate.


No bond for the faithful performance of duties shall be required of any Trustee appointed under this agreement.


The Trustee shall receive reasonable compensation for the services performed by him, but such compensation shall not exceed the amount customarily received by corporate fiduciaries in the area for like services.


No Trustee of the trust created by this agreement shall at any time be held liable for any action or default of himself, or of his agent, or of any other person in connection with the administration and management of this trust unless caused by his own gross negligence or by commission of a willful act of breach of trust.


The Trustee, by joining in the execution of this agreement, hereby signifies his acceptance of this trust.


The Trustee shall have sole authority to determine what shall be defined as income and what shall be defined as principal of the trust established by this agreement, and to determine which costs, taxes and other expenses shall be paid out of income and which shall be paid out of principal.


In the event that any portion of this agreement or the trust created hereby shall be held illegal, invalid or otherwise inoperative, it is my intention that all of the other provisions hereof shall continue to be fully effective and operative insofar as is possible and reasonable.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this agreement the day and year first above written.





I, the undersigned spouse of the above-described Trustor, do hereby waive and relinquish any and all claim to whatever community-property rights I may have in the hereinabove-described property and do give and grant my assent to the trust and to the incorporation therein of said property.


Legal Spouse of Trustor


This Section for Notary:


State of _________

County of ________ [County]

On [Date] before me, [Name of Notary], notary, personally appeared [Name of Person(s) Involved], personally known to me (or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence) to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument.

Witness my hand and official seal.

Signature ________

My commission expires: _____