You would need specific power in the trust instrument to redirect income away from the life tenant.
Usually, with a FLIT, the terms of the trust provide for the income only to be paid to the life tenant (during their lifetime), with the trustees having power to appoint all or part of the underlying capital elsewhere, thereby depriving the life tenant of the income from that capital. Provided the terms of the trust are sufficiently flexible, the trustees may be able to terminate the life tenant’s interest in a specified part of the trust fund and appoint that upon life interest trusts for the benefit of another beneficiary.
Paul Saunders FCIB TEP
Independent Trust Consultant
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