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.
The most common choice you have when setting up an estate plan is the choice between a will and a living trust. A will is always a one-way ticket to probate unless your estate falls below a minimum threshold of value. In many states, the minimum threshold is about $50,000. In California, that threshold is $165,250.
Making allocations for loved ones with special needs requires special care. Unlike other beneficiaries of your estate, your loved ones with special needs cannot inherit money directly. Doing so could put their Medicaid benefits at risk. If you wish to provide for an individual with special needs, it is vital you adhere to specific estate planning strategies.
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.
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