The general beneficiaries include a wider group of persons who are either associated or related to the primary beneficiaries. This will generally include the parents. grandparents, children, grandchildren, uncles, aunts and cousins of the primary beneficiaries.
The general beneficiary clause in a discretionary trust deed provides the trustee scope to consider other persons that are related to the primary beneficiaries when it comes time to consider the distribution or allocation of the benefits of the trust fund in addition to the primary beneficiaries.
This is particularly useful in circumstances where a trust fund has been in existence for a considerable number of years and the primary beneficiaries have passed on. It enables the trustee to consider and allocate benefits to the persons that may be closely related to the primary beneficiaries .