Living Trusts

The key to effective estate planning

Why Create A Living Trust

For most people, estate planning usually begins with the creation of a Will. We can help you create a will, but there are more comprehensive options out there. A living trust provides added benefits not available with a Will.

A Will communicates how you would like your assets distributed upon death and who you want to administer your estate.  However, a Will must go through the public proceeding known as probate court, which the state controls. A living trust (sometimes called an inter-vivos trust or revocable trust) avoids probate and allows you to retain control of your estate before and after your death.

How Does a Trust Work?

A living trust enables you to plan for more than the distribution of assets at the time of death. This asset management allows you to select a trustee who can take over when you are incapacitated or close to death. With a living trust, you can change your instructions along the way, retaining control throughout your lifetime.  

The Key benefits of A Living Trust

Avoid Probate

Avoid Legal Fees and Delay

Probate proceedings can take up to a year or longer! Until the court approves the distribution, assets are typically "frozen." It can easily cost from 3% - 7% or more of the total estate value to go through this process.

Unlike a Will, assets included in a living trust are not subject to probate. This avoids possible months or even years of delays and expensive executor and legal fees. A successor named in the living trust document (“Trustee”) can then administer your estate to transfer your assets to your loved ones when and how you want.

Plan for disability

Ability to plan for disability

If a court finds that a person cannot make any or all of their important life decisions, that person can be considered incapacitated. With a living trust, the chosen successor takes charge without much delay.

If you can no longer effectively look after your estate or you become incapacitated, your named successor trustee can manage your financial affairs without the expense and delays associated with conservatorship proceedings. A Will on its own doesn’t account for this — your loved ones would have to ask the court to appoint a conservator to manage your financial affairs, which is less cost and time-effective.

Greater Privacy

Greater Privacy

In addition to the expense, probate is public. All information about a deceased person's assets, liabilities, beneficiaries, and personal representatives is a matter of public record.
If privacy is important to you or your beneficiaries, a living trust is more secure than a Will because it remains a private document. Conversely, a Will must be filed with the probate court, making it a matter of public record. This means that both the enterprising and the ill-intentioned can access your information for either commercial or nefarious purposes.

Beyond Probate

Leave A Legacy

Do you want to support charitable causes with your hard-earned money? Our team can help you consider charitable giving options that allow you to support your favorite causes and enjoy the tax benefits while maintaining control of your contributions. Our financial team can provide you with the financial guidance, and our legal team can provide you with the legal guidance necessary to save you the headaches of navigating charitable contributions on your own.

Not all Trusts Are Created Equal

Not all trusts are created equal.  There are different types of trusts with varying features and benefits. Our attorneys can help you decide the right choice for your circumstances.

Why Our Trusts Are Built Better

Features Our Trusts Discount Trusts
Avoid Probate (If properly funded) Yes Maybe
No charge for emails and phone calls with an attorney Yes No
Trust Funding - Including out of state property Yes No
No contest/alternative dispute resolution procedures Yes No
Coordination with banks/financial institutions Yes No
Integration of business interests with an estate plan Yes No
Communication with other professionals like CPA's Yes No
Attorney - Client relationship / Estate planning expertise Yes No
Notifications of changes in the law Yes No
Solutions for clients with no children/no trustees Yes No
Advanced planning advice - Charitable, business, etc. Yes No
Special needs provisions* Yes No
Estate tax minimizations provisions* Yes No
Creditor, divorce, substance abuse provision for heirs* Yes No
Sub-trust - Heirs can manage independently* Yes No
Trust protector provisions* Yes No

*Additional legal work. A separate fee may be incurred.

When it's Time to Update Your Trust

Estate planning helps set you and your heirs up for success. We recommend examining and tweaking your estate plan at least every 3-5 years, or sooner if you know you need to make revisions have a significant change in your financial situation or when you have a significant life change, such as the birth of a child or health challenge. Investing in a living trust estate plan ensures your plan is in place, no matter what surprises life brings.

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