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How a trust can complement your estate plan

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2024 | Estate Planning |

There is more to estate planning than outlining your instructions in a will. You want to ensure your assets are managed and distributed according to your wishes while providing for your loved ones’ future needs. Integrating a trust into your estate plan can help address your concerns and achieve your goals.

One of the key benefits of a trust is it allows you to avoid probate – the court-supervised procedure of distributing your assets. It can be expensive and time-consuming. With a trust, you can transfer assets directly to your beneficiaries without the need for probate, making for a quicker and more private way of going about everything. Here are other ways a trust can benefit your estate plan.

Protecting assets

A trust can protect your assets from third parties like creditors or lawsuits. This is because assets held in the trust do not legally belong to the beneficiaries and cannot be sold or transferred. You can have peace of mind knowing your estate will benefit your loved ones without worrying about assets changing hands.

In addition, the trustee has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the trust and its beneficiaries. It can provide financial protection for beneficiaries who might not be good at financial management.

Minimizing estate taxes

You do not want to subject your estate to high taxes when you are gone and it’s worth looking into the tax benefits of a trust. For instance, having assets in an irrevocable trust could reduce your taxable estate and save you a lot. Your beneficiaries will benefit from the money that could have gone to the taxman.

Putting you in control

When you create a trust, you can specify what the proceeds will be used for. You may have minor children or a loved one with special needs, and leaving them assets through a will leaves a lot of loose ends.

There are different kinds of trusts suited for specific estate planning objectives. In addition, trusts are legal instruments that must be done right to be enforceable and effective. Personalized guidance can help you understand your options and make comprehensive estate plans that will protect your legacy.