That's Incorrect.

There is a presumption in s 51 of the Trusts Act that trustees must make basic trust information available to every beneficiary or representative of a beneficiary.


“A trustee is required to consider at reasonable intervals whether the trustee should be making the basic trust information available" 

Trusts Act, s 51 4


“However, the trustee is not required to apply to the court for directions if: 

(a) the period during which no beneficiary has any trust information is less than 12 months; and
(b) at the end of that period, the trustee gives to at least 1 beneficiary of the trust the basic trust information.”
Trusts Act, s 54(3)

Source: Vicki Ammundsen Trust Law*

For more in-depth information, download Trusts Act 2019 PDF supplied by Vicki Ammundsen Trust Law

*Aro Assistant's Trust Compliance Review template was quality reviewed by Vicki Ammundsen of Vicki Ammundsen Trust Law - find out more below.

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Aro Assistant's Trust Compliance Review tool will guide you through the steps from lead generation to delivery of core documents, including:

  • Email/letter to send to clients about the Trusts Act 2019

  • Letter of engagement

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  • Review s 45 of Trusts Act - see what core documents are required / missing

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