Which is the right Trust for you and your family? One of the key goals of estate and Trust planning is to avoid federal estate taxes. Careful estate planning can eliminate a significant estate tax burden for surviving spouses and their beneficiaries. Any of the Trusts below can be useful tools in preserving an estate's assets. But which Living Trust is right for you? Credit Shelter Trusts (A/B … [Read more...] about What Type of Living Trust Should I Have?
Definition of a “Grantor, Settlor, or Trustor” of a Trust These terms are often interchangeable. The Grantor, Settlor, or Trustor of a trust decides how the trust will operate, including: what property to include in the trust, who the beneficiaries will be and how beneficiaries will receive their inheritance. When the trust is revocable (i.e. can be changed or terminated until the grantor dies), … [Read more...] about Definition of a “Grantor, Settlor, or Trustor” of a Trust
Is Your Home Properly Titled to Your Living Trust After You Refinance? For most people their most valuable asset is their home. Ensuring that your home and the rest of your estate passes efficiently to your heirs is a fundamental reason people create a Living Trust. Most people recognize they must transfer title to their home to their Trust as soon as the Trust is created. Unfortunately, most … [Read more...] about Refinancing Your Home – The Biggest Threat to Your Living Trust
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 $150,000, except that if real estate is part of your estate, the threshold falls to … [Read more...] about How Much Does It Cost To Set Up a Living Trust?
One of the defining features of an Irrevocable Trust is that it cannot be amended, either at it’s outset, or at the occurrence of a specified event, such as the death of the Grantor. Sometimes an irrevocable trust contains the ability for it to be modified through the use of a power of appointment. A power of appointment is a specific power granted usually to a surviving spouse or a … [Read more...] about Can An Irrevocable Trust Be Amended?
There is always a temptation to just sell off assets that you've accumulated and take the cash. But that generally results in a tax bill. There may be a way to profit more from those assets by giving them away. By setting up a charitable remainder trust (CRT), you might be able to transform a tax liability into a tax break, receive a steady source of income for the rest of your life, and … [Read more...] about Is This Your Situation: Worried about Taxes on an Asset Sale?
A-B Marital and A-Marital Do you know the type of married trust created in your estate plan, and how it works? As husband and wife, you created a Revocable Living Trust to protect your loved ones and protect your estate’s real property and financial assets from a Court Probate. Another reason is to reduce or eliminate Federal Estate Tax liability concerns, upon both your deaths. It is … [Read more...] about Two Variations of Most Common Married Revocable Living Trusts
We receive a lot of questions about what, if any administration is needed for a Living Trust after one spouse has died. A lot of the older trusts will have been created with credit shelter, or A-B provisions. An A-B Trust REQUIRES the administrative division of the trust assets upon the death of the first spouse. As a simplified statement, an A-B or A-B-C Trust is designed, in part, to … [Read more...] about Trust Administration on Death of First Spouse