In re Trust of MorelandAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the determination of the court of appeals, but on different grounds, determining that two amendments to the grantor's trust were validly executed and that the district court had properly reformed the trust, holding that the district court properly struck the part of the second trust amendment that was ambiguous and unenforceable.
The Grantor in this case validly executed the trust, which was properly witnessed and notarized, and then executed two amendments that significantly increased the amount that Respondent would inherit. After the Grantor died, Appellant moved to invalidate the amendments. The district court granted the motion in part and struck a portion of the second trust amendment due to ambiguity but upheld the remaining terms of the amendment, including the increased amount inherited by Respondent. The court of appeals affirmed, holding that the amendments were validly executed and properly reformed under Minn. Stat. 501C.0415. The Supreme Court affirmed on other grounds, holding (1) the second trust amendment was validly executed; and (2) the district court properly upheld the portions of the second trust amendment governing asset distribution.