My Will includes a reference to the STANDARD PROVISIONS OF THE SOCIETY OF TRUST AND
- what does that mean?
Many Wills have a clause (perhaps headed ‘Administration’) which says
The Standard Provisions of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (1st Edition)
shall apply with the deletion of paragraph 5. Section 11 Trust of Land and Appointment
of Trustees Act 1996 (consultation with beneficiaries) shall not apply.
The Standard Provisions of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (2nd Edition)
The Standard Provisions and all of the Special Provisions of the Society of Trust
and Estate Practitioners (2nd Edition) shall apply
Why is this in the Will? This is the standard way of providing the executors with
technical and routine provisions they need to administer the estate properly. In
particular, this authorises professional executors or trustees to charge for their
Using these standard provisions the Will writer can ease the work of the executors
when they administer your estate, without having to clutter up your Will with lots
of technical provisions that might otherwise confuse the lay reader.
The provisions have been put together by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
(normally abbreviated to STEP) which is an organisation of the best technical specialists
in this aspect of the law. As such they provide an effective starting point for dealing
with the technical needs of your Will. The 2nd edition (published in 2011) is only
marginally changed from the 1st edition, These provisions allow a Will to use well-proven
wording to deal with those clients who have particular circumstances to handle.
If you have not been provided with a copy of the provisions, you can view a copy
of the 1st editionhere. There is also a commentaryavailable for the 1st edition,
which explains some of the details within the provisions. Details of the 2nd edition
are given here.