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

Pour-Over Wills: A Safety Net for Your Assets

Tightrope walkers need a safety net. Fire fighters also may use them when rescuing people from a burning building. It may surprise you to learn that even your estate planning may benefit from a safety net of sorts. A pour-over Will may prevent your assets from falling into the probate abyss or being devoured by estate taxes. Omitted Trust Assets. People often transfer their assets to a trust, intending that the Read More

Purchasing Real Estate in Florida: Will it Affect Your Estate Plan?

Buying real estate of any kind, in any location, requires due diligence and attention to details. Is the location right for you? Is the property being bought for personal use or to generate an income? Adding real property to your portfolio may increase the value of your portfolio. Increasing or decreasing the value of your assets can affect your estate plan in big ways. Effect on Value of Estate. Increasing your 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

How Divorce Affects Your Estate Plans

Divorce rates for people age 50 and older are rising. In fact, the divorce rate for people over age 65, nicknamed “gray divorce”, has almost tripled since 1990. Going through a divorce causes cataclysmic changes in every aspect of a person’s life, including where they will live and what possessions they will keep. Divorce even affects estate plans from the moment the divorce petition is filed until the ink dries on Read More