“It’s All Greek to Me”: Settlor vs. Grantor vs. Trustor

 In Estate Planning

We turn to Florida Statute §736.0103 for the legal definition of “settlor”: “a person, including a testator, who creates or contributes property to a Trust.” Florida Statute §731.201 defines “grantor” as: “one who creates or adds to a Trust and includes ‘settlor’ or ‘trustor’ and a testator who creates or adds a Trust.”

Do the terms seem confusingly similar? If so, it is probably because “settlor,” “grantor,” and “trustor” all have the same basic meaning: the person who creates a Trust. Today, one might even come across the word “trustmaker,” which – you guessed it – also means the same thing.

            If you are a settlor, grantor, trustor, or trustmaker (or hope to be someday) and would like help preparing or reviewing your estate plan documents, please call the attorneys of Bach, Jacobs & Byrne, P.A. at (941) 906-1231.

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