In recent years, living trusts have grown increasingly popular as substitutes for wills in estate planning. They are sometimes called revocable trusts or inter-vivo trusts. Living trusts can have several advantages over wills, including avoiding probate, avoiding guardianship, maintaining liquidity, and keeping privacy.
You can create a living trust with a simple trust document and change it at any time. You can transfer all of your assets to the trust but continue to use and manage them during your lifetime. After you die, your trustee will transfer ownership of the assets to the beneficiaries named in the trust.
An important benefit of living trusts is the speed with which your property can be transferred to your heirs after your death. In addition, a living trust is private. Only you, your trustee and your beneficiaries will know the value of the trust property, how it is to be distributed and the names of your beneficiaries.
This section reviews the basics of how to create and use a living trust. Your lawyer can help you decide whether a living trust is appropriate in your circumstances and prepare a trust document that meets your goals.
Benefits of Living Trusts
- Avoid Probate
- Save Taxes
- Maintain Privacy
- Minors Trusts
- Avoids Power of Attorney Liability
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