Trust in Invitum Law and Legal Definition

Trust in Invitum is not a trust but an equitable remedy that a court imposes against a person who has obtained property by wrongdoing. It is used to prevent unjust enrichment. No fiduciary relationship is involved.

It is the formula through which the conscience of equity finds expression. When property has been acquired in such circumstances that the holder of the legal title may not in good conscience retain the beneficial interest, equity converts him into a trustee.[Beatty v. Guggenheim Exploration Co., 225 N.Y. 380 (N.Y. 1919)]