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Wealth Management Services

Directed Trusts

A Delaware directed trust allows your clients to take advantage of the state's beneficial trust and tax laws while retaining the services of a long-standing and trusted investment advisor. Discover how we can help serve as your client's Delaware directed trustee while providing ongoing tax and administrative services.

Benefits of the Delaware directed trust

Providing families with the flexibility and freedom they need to overcome many estate planning hurdles.

  • Retention of a trusted advisor

    By adding a directed trust feature to the desired trust structure, the client's long-standing advisor can continue to control the investment of family assets held in trust.
  • Providing for flexible future distributions

    A directed trust allows for the appointment of a distribution advisor who is close to the family and who can properly take into account family needs and values when making future distribution decisions.
  • Protecting the grantor's interests

    A directed trust allows for the appointment of a trust protector who can remove or replace a trustee and assist with carrying out the grantor's goals in establishing the trust.
  • Control of difficult-to-manage assets

    Trusts such as Delaware asset protection trusts and Delaware dynasty trusts can also be beneficial as directed trusts, as they often hold assets that are concentrated, illiquid, or otherwise difficult for a trustee to manage.

Advantage of working with Wilmington Trust

With roots dating back to our founding as a trust company in 1903, we have the fiduciary heritage and commitment your clients need from a trustee. We strive to demonstrate impartiality, fairness, and sensitivity to the needs of the beneficiaries we serve and administer each trust in strict accordance with its specific provisions.


Partner with us if a Delaware directed trust is the right solution for your client.


Wilmington Trust Company operates offices in Delaware only.
Note that a few states, including Delaware, have special trust advantages that may not be available under the laws of your state of residence, including asset protection trusts and directed trusts.

Contact an expert

  • Jeff Wolken
    National Director, Delaware Trust Planning
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  • Kevin Jacobs
    Vice President and Senior Wealth Advisor
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