Trusts Information Centre

Welcome to our Trusts Information Centre, a one-stop shop for everything you might want to know.

Social and economic benefits of trusts

Our report sets out the ways in which trusts can be, and are, used for wider societal benefit.

Trust regulation and compliance

A run-through of some of the key regulations and reporting initiatives impacting trusts globally.

Trusts FAQs

What is a trust? How many different types are there? And why would someone make a trust? All your questions answered.

Types of trusts

A brief look at the main types of trusts.

Uses of trusts

An overview of the main reasons why people use trusts

Further reading

STEP has developed a number of resources to help explain trusts.

Case studies

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Blended family spousal trust

Maria wants to ensure that her assets go to the children from her first marriage, after her second husband dies.

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Multi-jurisdictional couple

A British man based in Dubai seeks to ensure the three children he has with his Filipina wife are provided for after his death.

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Disabled Person's Trust

Anne wanted to secure legacies to her two disabled daughters, and chose a Disabled Person’s Trust for each of them.

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Employee Ownership Trust

A widower asks how he can leave the business he set up, and transfer his shares to the employees.

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Perpetual Purpose Trust

An American company transferred its ownership to a perpetual purpose trust, enabling it to further a purpose, rather than benefit individuals.

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