Three Certainties

Definition - What does Three Certainties mean?

The three certainties refer to certain things that must be known in order for a trust to be legally arranged.

The three certainties are the "certainty of intention," the "certainty of subject matter," and "the certainty of objects." Each of these represents a different component of a trust being arranged.

Justipedia explains Three Certainties

The "certainty of intention" means that the person who is creating the trust must truly intend to create the trust, and is not being forced or coerced to do so.

"Certainty of subject matter" means that the exact property that will be placed into the trust must be clearly identified.

"Certainty of objects" means that the beneficiaries must be clearly listed.

Without all of these things, a trust cannot be legally created and put into place.

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