set·​tlor | \ ˈset-ˌlȯr How to pronounce settlor (audio) , ˈse-tᵊl-ˌȯr \

Definition of settlor

: one that makes a settlement or creates a trust of property

Examples of settlor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, that will require that the trust expressly prohibit trust income being used to pay for life insurance premiums on your life as the settlor of the trust. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Review grantor trusts for the potential benefits of swapping appreciated assets into the settlor's estate to gain a basis step-up on death. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Trusts originated in England during the Crusades, to hold the assets of one person (called the settlor) by another person (the trustee) for the benefit of a third (the beneficiary). Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, 22 June 2021 The trustees are puppets; the settlor still controls the asset in practice. Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of settlor

1818, in the meaning defined above

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28 Sep 2021

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“Settlor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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set·​tlor | \ ˈset-ˌlȯr, ˈset-ᵊl-ˌȯr How to pronounce settlor (audio) \

Legal Definition of settlor

: a person who creates a trust — compare beneficiary sense a, trustee sense 2a

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