October 2, 2019 | Professor Kristine S. Knaplund presented “Are Assisted Reproduction Children Included as Grandchildren or Descendants in Your Old Dynasty Trust?” at the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning Section.
From “Are Assisted Reproduction Children Included as Grandchildren or Descendants in Your Old Dynasty Trust?”:
Many old trusts, now irrevocable, provide income to children, then principal to future descendants, with the proviso that “adoptions shall not be recognized,” and so all beneficiaries must be related by blood to the settlor. In today’s world, same-sex couples and those who have fertility issues often use donated gametes to procreate; are their children, who are not genetically related to the settlor, included in these trusts?
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