Alexander Bove and Gerry Beyer were kind enough to read and comment upon my article about discretionary trusts. I thank them for the time and effort that they put into this assignment and I appreciate the constructive and insightful comments that they made. Needless to say, it is no small task to follow in the footsteps of the great Dean Halbach.

When I read their comments, my first reaction was to say “Gee, I wish that I had thought of that!” Between the two of them, Alexander Bove and Gerry Beyer identified a number of areas that I should have discussed or should have discussed more fully. These include certain aspects of support trusts, spendthrift trusts, child support discretionary trust legislation, special or supplemental needs trusts, Medicaid planning trusts and decanting. This is quite a long list and I can offer several explanations (not necessarily excuses) for only mentioning some of them briefly or omitting others altogether.

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Richard C. Ausness, My Response to Beyer and Bove, 43 ACTEC L.J. 447 (2018).



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