In re Peierls Family Testamentary TrustsAnnotate this Case
Petitioners in this case were current beneficiaries of seven testamentary trusts. Petitioners sought orders approving the resignations of individual trustees, confirming the appointment of Northern Trust Company of Delaware as the successor corporate trustee for each trust, confirming Delaware as the situs of each trust, reforming the trust, and accepting jurisdiction over the trusts. The Court of Chancery dismissed the petitions, declining to adjudicate this multistate trust matter in deference to the courts which asserted jurisdiction over and had an ongoing supervisory role with respect to the testamentary trusts. Specifically, the Court held (1) the petitions for the 1960 and 1969 trusts should be filed in New Jersey and Texas, if appropriate; and (2) the petition for the 2005 trusts should be filed in the jurisdiction where probate matters were ongoing or refiled with supplemental information in the Court of Chancery.