6.2 The Uniform Trust Code Codifies the Common Law
The Uniform Trust Code fills a void: “[T]he trust law in many States is thin” and the uniform act “will provide the States with precise, comprehensive, and easily accessible guidance on trust law questions.” To a large degree, the Uniform Trust Code “codifies the common law,” but also makes some significant changes. The drafters of the uniform act, however, purposely employed a light touch: “[E]fforts to reduce rules to writing will result in excess rigidity and insufficient discretion vested in the courts to adopt to changing conditions. Even on issues the drafters have elected to codify, the UTC in many cases, does not specify every detail, the drafters preferring flexibility and brevity to greater precision.” Also, of course, “the common law of trusts and principles of equity supplement” the Act.
 David M. English, “The Uniform Trust Code (2000): Significant Provision and Policy Issues,” 67 Mo. L. Rev. 143, 144 (2002).
 Id. At 212.
 Unif. Trust Code §106.