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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Subjecting Trusts & Trust Beneficiaries to Virginia Jurisdictional Law

Obtaining jurisdiction over the person of a Trustee or trust beneficiary is fairly easily accomplished in Virginia.

By accepting the trusteeship of a trust having its principal place of administration in the Commonwealth or by moving the principal place of administration to the Commonwealth, the trustee submits personally to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Commonwealth regarding any matter involving the trust.

With respect to their interests in the trust, the beneficiaries of a trust having its principal place of administration in the Commonwealth are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Commonwealth regarding any matter involving the trust. By accepting a distribution from such a trust, the recipient submits personally to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Commonwealth regarding any matter involving the trust.

There are also other methods of obtaining jurisdiction over a trustee, beneficiary, or other person receiving property from the trust.



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