A trust is a legal document created for the benefit of your designated beneficiaries. Two types of trusts, revocable and irrevocable, serve different purposes including avoiding probate, reducing taxes, keeping information private, but probably the greatest benefit of a trust, is that it gives you peace of mind knowing that you have provided for your family members and others exactly the way you want to.
Putting your bank account title in the name of your trust is vital if you wish those funds to held in the trust. You create a living trust and fund it by placing assets into it. Your bank being one of those assets. But how do you go about transferring your chosen accounts into your trust?
When you set up a trust for your benefit or the benefit of one or more of your loved ones, that’s only the first step you need to take. The second step is to properly fund the trust. This doesn’t happen automatically. You need to be proactive.
Dealing with the death of a loved one is extremely difficult, whether the family expected the death or not. We at AmeriEstate understand how sensitive this time can be for families. Often, one of the last things that you may want to do is go digging through the legal and financial complexities of your deceased loved one's life. However, survivors often have to make critical and time-sensitive decisions directly in the aftermath of a loved one's death.
The idea of losing your spouse to death may be very painful. However, death is a reality of life and you must take all possibilities into consideration when attending to your estate plan. This is especially salient if your partner is ill or it is otherwise apparent that he or she is likely to die before you do.
If you are one of the few Americans who has a comprehensive estate plan in place: well done! However, just because you have made the initial strides and time investment does not mean that you never need to look at it again. Everybody is aware of the horrific impact that the COVID-19 virus has had on the world, affecting everybody from an individual level all the way up to the global economy. In this time of pandemic, it is more important than ever that you make sure your estate plan is up-to-date.
The course of both true love and finance never did run smooth. Up until very recently, prenuptial agreements were something for the rich and famous only. After all, for the rest of us mere mortals, love should be enough to sustain a union, right?
The good news is that trust administration does not work very differently than probate. Of course, one of the reasons that you are likely going through estate planning is to help your heirs avoid probate, so this may not sound like a good thing at first.
There are few things more destructive to family relationships than dealing with disputes after a loved one’s death. Dealing with potential high-value assets along with grief can be overwhelming and ruin a family. Additionally, intense strife over a will or trust may result in some or all of your intended beneficiaries attempting to abandon your estate plan.
If you are going through the estate planning process, you may find it confusing. There are several options available to you, so this is natural. Many people wonder whether they should have a will, or trust, or both.