Building Your Legacy Through a Charitable Remainder Trust

For some clients, the thought of legacy extends beyond the confines of family. Donating time and money to community charities is one way to do that. An estate planning tool – the charitable remainder trust – allows people to donate while still retaining some important benefits. A Most Useful Tool – the Charitable Remainder Trust. Estate planning attorneys have many estate planning strategies and tools at their Read More

What Happens to a Trust After Death?

Trusts are a common, yet diverse, estate planning tool. There are trusts for different purposes, with different terms and provisions. Some trusts, called testamentary trusts, are created by the settlor’s Will after his or her death. But many trusts are established during the lifetime of the settlor. When you consider establishing a trust, it’s important to know what happens to a trust after the death of the Read More

Lifetime QTIP Trusts and Your Second Marriage

Diane was a successful business owner with three children from her first marriage. Jack, a car salesman, was father to two children from his first marriage. When they found love the second time around, they realized it was time to update their estate plans to meet the needs of their blended family. Their goals were slightly different, though. Diane, the wealthier of the two, lived at a higher standard of living than Read More

Revocable vs. Irrevocable Trusts

Every trust contains a trust maker, a trustee, and at least one beneficiary. Trusts vary, however, in why and how they are established. Before creating and funding a trust, it’s important to know a little about the different types of trusts. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the difference between revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts. Actually, the names may be a big tipoff to the main qualities of each type Read More

Advanced Estate Planning: Is It Right for You?

Sometimes, simple is not best. Estate planning should be tailored to meet the needs of your life, and sometimes that life is complicated. Advanced estate planning may be right for you. Basic estate planning is . . . A simple plan typically includes a Will, a durable power of attorney, a healthcare power of attorney and/or a living Will. But basic estate planning covers basic needs. Some people require more Read More

Do You Need a Trust Protector?

Trusts have been a powerful, yet evolving, estate planning tool for a long time. As trusts have changed, the need for extra protection and a way to modify trusts became apparent. Trust protectors, sometimes also known as Trust Advisors, may meet both needs. Just as it’s important to understand the type of trust that is appropriate for you, it’s also critical to make sure you have the right people working on Read More

3 Reasons to Set Up a Gun Trust

Some estate assets require a little more care than others. It’s not difficult to leave someone the family china, but firearms are a different story. Some guns are strictly regulated, and passing them incorrectly can cause real problems. Gun trusts are created primarily to provide a way to handle guns that are regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA). If you currently own guns or will be inheriting some, Read More

Spendthrift or Discretionary Trust – Which One Do I Need?

Trusts are a common estate planning tool. Reasons to create and fund a trust range from asset protection to providing for someone with special needs. Some trusts even have similar purposes. Two such trusts are the spendthrift and discretionary trust – similar enough, but with significant differences. Knowing which trust to use is critical. Trusts in General In a trust document, the person creating the trust (a Read More

Spendthrift Provision: Protecting Beneficiaries from Themselves

Most of the time, we have the best intentions when deciding who will get our property after we’re gone. A well-crafted, comprehensive estate plan can give the maker a sense of accomplishment, contentment, and serenity. During the estate planning process, though, people start to ask some hard questions about their heirs: Are my loved ones able to manage receiving a large sum of money or valuable property? Are they so Read More

Does Your Loved One Need a Special Needs Trust?

When you’re the caregiver of a loved one with special needs, you make important decisions every day. Sometimes those decisions are life-changing – for you and your loved one. Often, caregivers enlist the help of experts: therapists, medical specialists, and other advisers. It’s also important to consult with an attorney. An attorney who understands the needs of disabled individuals may suggest creating a special Read More