Common-Law Trust

Common-Law Trust

More commonly known as a Business Trust or a Massachusetts trust. A business organization for investment purposes by which trustees manage and control property for the benefit of beneficiaries who are protected against personal liability for any losses incurred.

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Indeed, most are formed for a business purpose and some statutes expressly preclude a traditional common-law trust purpose.
A simple check-the-box extension to trusts would further advance both the spirit and scope of the check-the-box Regulations and would presume every common-law trust will be classified as an ordinary trust subject to taxation under Subchapter J.
Extensive early litigation focused on the federal tax classification of common-law trusts, such as the Massachusetts business trust, (9) as ordinary or business trusts.
The exclusion perpetuates the uncertain classification of common-law trusts as an ordinary or business trust in the first instance.
Because most common-law trusts are formed on the assumption that the trust will be classified as a trust and not as some other business entity inconsistent with the trust form, the ordinary trust classification assumption comports with the most normative default rule.
This would then permit common-law trusts to make a second election to be taxed like a corporation--the same elective right accorded other unincorporated business entities.
A fourth variation involved an otherwise standard form of common-law trust that was settled under the laws of a foreign tax-haven jurisdiction, with the funds deposited in a local bank in that tax haven.
Other legal structures are superior vehicles for succession planning, such as legal structures involving common-law trusts.
Common-law trusts can be administered according to the wishes of the founders.
However, common-law trusts are often unviable for GCC family owned businesses.
The notes will be issued in series by special purpose Delaware statutory or common-law trusts and each series of notes will be secured by one or more funding agreements issued by Protective Life.