trust fund doctrine


: a doctrine holding that shareholders to whom assets of an insolvent corporation have been transferred are liable to creditors upon dissolution of the corporation
broadly : a doctrine holding that corporate assets are held as a trust fund for the benefit of shareholders and creditors and that corporate officers have a fiduciary duty to deal with them properly

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“Trust fund doctrine.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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