If the language of a trust in New York is not clear, it can result in a dispute among the beneficiaries, as well as between the beneficiaries and the trustee. If the language of the trust is ambiguous or uncertain, the court may be required to step in and interpret the trust and determine the settlor’s intent. This may result in an outcome that is different from what the settlor intended.
In addition, the ambiguity or uncertainty may also lead to confusion and uncertainty among the beneficiaries, as well as the trustee, which can further complicate the administration of the trust. It is therefore important to ensure that the language of a trust is clear and unambiguous in order to minimize the risk of disputes and confusion.
In the Matter of Estate of Patricie Cabanne, a disputed developed between classes of beneficiaries as to how to interpret the terms of the trust.