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					       Trust Agreement for Minor Qualifying for Annual Gift-Tax Exclusion
          with Beneficiary having Option to Continue Trust Past Age 21

This Trust Agreement is made this (date), between (Name of Grantor), of (street
address, city, state, zip code), hereinafter called the Grantor, and (Name of Trustee
One), of (street address, city, state, zip code), (Name of Trustee Two), of (street
address, city, state, zip code), and (Name of Trustee Three), of (street address, city,
state, zip code), said Trustee One, Trustee Two and Trustee Three referred to herein as
the Trustees.

The Grantor, in consideration of the Agreements and undertakings set forth below made
and assumed by the Trustees, and other valuable consideration, does now assign,
convey, and set over to the Trustees and their successors the property listed and
described in Schedule A, which is attached and incorporated by this reference. The
Trustees are authorized to and agree that they will receive and hold that property and
such additional property as may be transferred, assigned, or bequeathed to the
Trustees from time to time by any person or organization, to become a part of the
principal of the Trust created by this Agreement, and all investments and reinvestments
of the same and income for the following uses and trusts:

I.     Beneficiary. This Trust has been created by the Grantor for the benefit of the
son of Grantor (Name of Son), hereinafter called the Beneficiary.

II.   Disposition of Principal and Income.

      A.      In each calendar year before the Beneficiary shall attain the age of 21
      years, the Trustees shall pay over and distribute to the Beneficiary, or apply
      for his benefit, all or such part of the principal and income of the Trust as the
      Trustees, in their sole and absolute discretion, shall deem appropriate. Any net
      income of the Trust Fund not so distributed to the Beneficiary may, in the
      Trustees' discretion, be accumulated as Trust Income and added to any
      subsequent income payment or be added to and regarded as part of the principal
      of the Trust Fund.

      B.    When the Beneficiary shall attain the age of 21 years, the Trustees shall
      pay over and distribute to him the entire Trust Fund, including any and all
      accrued, accumulated, and undistributed income.

      C.      Notwithstanding the provisions of Paragraph B of this Section II, the term
      of the Trust shall continue until the Beneficiary shall reach the age of (age) years
      if the Beneficiary, on reaching the age of 21 years, shall so elect by written
      instrument delivered to the Trustees. If the Beneficiary shall so elect, the
      Beneficiary subsequently may elect to continue the Trust for successive (number
      of year)-year periods, each such election to be made by written instrument
      delivered to the Trustees on or before the day the Trust would otherwise
      terminate. If the Beneficiary shall make any such election(s) to extend the term of
      this Trust, then during the extended term the Trustees shall continue to pay
      to him or apply for the Beneficiary's benefit income and principal as set forth in
      Paragraph A.

      D.      If the Beneficiary shall die during the original or extended term of this
      Trust, the entire Trust Fund, including all accrued, accumulated, and
      undistributed income, shall be distributed to such appointee or appointees,
      including the Beneficiary's Estate, in such amounts and proportions, for such
      estates and interests, and on such terms, trusts, conditions, and limitations as
      the Beneficiary may designate in his last will and testament by specific reference
      to the power given to him. If the Beneficiary shall die intestate or shall fail in part
      or entirely to exercise this power, the entire Trust Fund, including all accrued,
      accumulated, and undistributed income, or the part not effectively disposed of by
      the Beneficiary, as the case may be, shall be paid and distributed to the
      Beneficiary's then living issue, per stirpes; or if no such issue shall then be living,
      the entire Trust Fund shall be divided into equal shares, and one such share
      shall be paid and distributed to each then living brother or sister of the
      Beneficiary, and one such share, per stirpes, to the then-living issue of each then
      deceased brother or sister of the Beneficiary; or if there shall not then be any
      such surviving brother or sister or issue, to the estate of the Beneficiary.

III.   Additions to Trust. The Grantor or any other person may at his option from time
to time, or by last will and testament, add to the Trust Fund by paying, transferring, and
delivering to the Trustees such further and additional funds, assets, securities, or other
property as he shall determine, unless the Trustees in their discretion deem the transfer
adverse to the interests of the Beneficiary for tax or other reasons. Such funds, assets,
securities, and property shall then become and be subject to all the terms and
provisions of this Agreement with the same force and effect as if this Trust Agreement
were executed by the person making the addition to the Trust Fund on the date the
addition is made.

IV.   Powers of Trustees.

      A.     Subject only to the provisions and limitations set forth in this Section IV
      and elsewhere in this instrument and especially Section V, the Trustees, in
      extension and not in limitation of the powers given them by law or other
      provisions of this instrument, shall have the following powers with respect to the
Trust created by this Agreement and its property, in each case to be exercised
from time to time in their discretion and without the order or license of any court:

       1.     To change the situs of the Trust and of any property which is part of
       the Trust to any place in the United States of America or any other
       country.

       2.     Not to file an inventory of the property which is part of the Trust nor
       annual accounts of administration with and not to have any of such
       property examined by any court where the filing or examination is not
       required by applicable law.

       3.    To retain for any period of time any property which may be received
       or acquired, even though its retention by reason of its character or
       otherwise would not be appropriate apart from this provision.

       4.    To collect, receive, and receipt for rents, profits, or other income
       from any property which may be held.

       5.     To expend money or other property in order to collect, sell,
       manage, conserve, or administer any property which may be held, or in
       order to improve, repair, equip, develop, furnish, maintain, alter, extend, or
       add to any such property.

       6.      To sell at public or private sale (including, specifically, the power to
       initiate or participate in any public offering or underwriting), partition,
       exchange for like or unlike property, lease for any period of time even
       though it may be longer than the duration of the estate or of the Trust,
       modify, renew, or extend any lease, grant, options on, release, demolish,
       abandon, dedicate and otherwise dispose of any property which may be
       held, on such terms and conditions, including credit, and for such
       consideration, even though it may be less than the value at which the
       property was appraised in the estate or was received or acquired, or for
       such other benefit, even though it may be intangible, as may be deemed
       appropriate.

       7.    To transfer title to, grant rights in, and convey in fee simple or
       otherwise any property which may be held, free of all Trust.

       8.     To invest and reinvest in any and all kinds of securities, domestic or
       foreign, including common and preferred stocks, bonds, debentures,
       notes, commodity contracts, mortgages, and options on property; in
money market Funds, commercial paper, repurchase Agreements, United
States Treasury obligations, certificates of deposit, savings accounts,
checking accounts, and any other cash investment medium; in investment
Trusts and in common trust funds; in any real property; in any personal or
mixed property; in any business, mining, or farming operation, or other
venture; or in any other interest or investment medium, even though such
investment would not be of a character authorized by applicable law but
for this provision.

9.    Not to diversify the property which may be held, whether the
property was originally received or subsequently acquired by exchange,
investment, or otherwise.

10.    To retain cash for reasonable periods of time in amounts sufficient
to meet anticipated needs, including payments of expenses and to
beneficiaries.

11.    With respect to property subject to depreciation or depletion, to
withhold an amount from Trust Income in the discretion of the Independent
Trustee to provide for a reasonable allowance for depreciation or depletion
on such property under generally accepted accounting principles.

12.     To do all things necessary, customary, or desirable to conduct the
affairs of an unincorporated business, mining, or farming operation or
other venture.

13.     To do all things necessary, customary, or desirable to conduct the
affairs of any corporation; to act as officer, director, attorney, or employee
of any corporation; and to place stock in the name of an individual
personal representative or Trustee or any Beneficiary of the estate or of
the Trust in order to qualify the person as a director of the corporation.

14.    Alone or with others, to organize, reorganize, merge, consolidate,
recapitalize, dissolve, liquidate, or otherwise create or change the form of
any corporation, partnership, joint venture, or other entity.

15.    To exercise all voting, sale, purchase, exchange, or other rights or
options with respect to any security or other property which may be held.

16.   To refuse, reject, or not to exercise any offer to purchase, option to
purchase, voting, or other right or option with respect to any security or
other property which may be held.

17.    To participate in any plan or proceeding for protecting or enforcing
any right, obligation, or interest arising from any property which may be
held; to serve as a member of a securities-holder protective committee;
and to deposit securities in accordance with any plan agreed on.

18.    To expend money or other property, whether by bidding in at
foreclosure, by making a contribution to capital, by paying an assessment,
or otherwise, in order to protect any property which may be held.

19.     To pay, contest, compromise, abandon, release, adjust, submit to
arbitration, sue on, defend, and otherwise deal with and settle any claim in
favor of or against the estate or the Trust or the personal representative or
Trustees.

20.    To receive, acquire and retain policies of fire, motor vehicle,
business-interruption, title, liability, fidelity, indemnity, or other casualty
insurance, either in stock or in mutual companies, in any amount, against
any risk in which the estate or the Trust has an insurable interest.

21.    To borrow money or other property for such periods of time, on
such terms and conditions, and for such purposes as may be deemed
appropriate; to mortgage, pledge, or otherwise encumber any property
which may be held as security for any such loan; and to renew, extend, or
refund any existing loan either as maker or endorser.

22.    With respect to any obligation held, whether secured or unsecured,
to reduce the interest rate on it, to continue it on and after maturity with or
without renewal or extension and without regard to the then-value of any
security, to foreclose on the security or to acquire the security without
foreclosure.

23.    To keep books of account and to make reports on such reasonable
basis and with such detail as may be deemed appropriate.

24.    To execute any instrument, under seal or otherwise.

25.     To bind absolutely, by any action taken or not taken, all
beneficiaries, born or unborn, ascertained or unascertained, of my estate
or of the Trust as against any
				
DOCUMENT INFO
Description: Gifts in trust to minors are quite common, both as a means of building up a child's estate and as a way to minimize federal gift, income, and estate taxes payable by the trustor or the estate of trustor. A carefully drafted minor's trust can provide competent management of the property on the minor's behalf, while avoiding any problem of the minor's disability to act with respect to that property. Such a trust can effect substantial tax savings for the trustor-donor while regulating distribution of the trust income and principal in keeping with the needs of the minor.
PARTNER William Glover
I received my B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1973 and my J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1976. I joined the firm of Wells Marble & Hurst in May 1976 as an Associate and became a Partner in 1979. While at Wells, I supervised all major real estate commercial loan transactions as well as major employment law cases. My practice also involved estate administration and general commercial law. I joined the faculty of Belhaven College, in Jackson, MS, in 1996 as Assistant Professor of Business Administration and College Attorney. While at Belhaven I taught Business Law and Business Ethics in the BBA and MBA programs; Judicial Process and Constitutional Law History for Political Science Department); and Sports Law for the Department of Sports Administration. I am now on the staff of US Legal Forms, Inc., and drafts forms, legal digests, and legal summaries. I am a LTC and was Staff Judge Advocate for the Mississippi State Guard from 2004-2008. I now serve as the Commanding Officer of the 220th MP BN at Camp McCain near Grenada, MS. I served on active duty during Hurricanes Dennis (July, 2005), Katrina (August, 2005) and Gustav in 2008. I played football at the University of Mississippi in 1969-1971 under Coach John Vaught. I am the author of the Sports Law Book (For Coaches and Administrators) and the Sports Law Handbook for Coaches and Administrators (with Legal Forms),