Typically, homeowners, or people with six figures of investment assets could benefit from a trust. However, not necessarily everyone needs one, it’s really just a question of whether you would like to invest a little bit more time and money now, in order to save your family a lot of time and money in the long run.
What Are The Different Types Of Trusts?
There are many different types of trusts but the most popular is a revocable living trust. We also have irrevocable trusts, which are typically designed for either asset protection planning or special needs planning, in order to protect assets and family members from being disqualified for government benefits.
Should I Have Or Do I Need More Than One Trust?
Usually, you do not need more than one trust in a trust based estate plan, even though we might be breaking that trust up into multiple sub-trusts for your children and family eventually. This can almost always be accomplished under the umbrella of one revocable living trust based estate plan.
What Are The Components That Constitute A Strong And Effective Estate Plan?
Typically, we need to be very specific about the powers of the trustee and about how to elect a new trustee. We need to be very specific about who is receiving what within the document and how those assets are being protected. We also need to be very specific about determining whether or not the trustee has become incapacitated, in order to get a successor trustee in place. Many other contingencies need to be drafted in order to make an effective trust because if you don’t specify what happens in the event of an unknown circumstance, you are really at the mercy of the Texas Trust Code default rules, which is similar to the intestate probate laws in Texas. A proper trust is a rather long document for the reason that we have to draft in a lot of possibilities in order to protect your trust and protect your family.
Will I Lose Control Over My Assets If I Put Them Into A Trust?
If you’ve placed your assets into a revocable living trust, you lose no control. You could put everything in one day and take everything out the very next day. The only time you would lose control over your assets in a trust based estate plan is if you chose to do so for asset protection, or possibly estate tax purposes.
Can I Change The Terms Of My Trust?
If you have a revocable living trust based plan, it’s very easy to change the terms of your trust and edit it. All we have to do is edit the documents and notarize it. It’s even easier to edit the terms of your trust than it would be a will because we don’t have to have two other independent witnesses involved.
Are My Assets That Are Held In A Trust Going To Be Protected From Creditors?
Your assets will be protected from creditors, if your trust is properly designed for that purpose. A trust is a great opportunity to pass wealth down to your family in a protected way. You only have the opportunity to set this up once because after you’ve passed away and you pass it on to your children outside of a trust, your children won’t be able to protect their assets or inheritance from creditors on their own. However, just by placing your own assets into a revocable living trust does not give you protection from your own creditors. The only way to accomplish that is to make the trust irrevocable and give up control over the assets, which most people don’t want to do.
What If My Assets Change After My Trust Is Created?
Depending on how you’ve designed your trust, you probably don’t have to do anything if your assets have changed. Usually, it’s very simple to place those assets into the trust if need be. It’s very easy to manage your assets through a trust based estate plan, so there is usually little involvement while your assets are growing.
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