If you’re like most people, you probably think of wills when you think about estate planning. But there’s another important tool that can be part of your estate plan: trusts.
Trusts can be used for various purposes, from avoiding probate to managing assets during your lifetime. Here’s a closer look at why trusts should be part of your estate plan.
How do trusts work?
Trusts are legal entities that can help individuals manage their assets and financial resources. They are created through an agreement between the person establishing it (the trustor) and another party (the trustee). The trustor delegates to the trustee certain responsibilities, such as managing assets or distributing resources, depending on the type of trust. Usually, the property is transferred into the trust, which can include material goods or money.
Having a trust as part of your estate plan offers many key benefits which can make a significant difference to our loved ones after we are gone. Setting up a trust allows assets to be transferred to beneficiaries at predetermined intervals, protecting them from creditors and ensuring timely distribution. Additionally, trusts can provide financial support in case of disability or illness, such as covering medical bills or housing costs. It ensures that assets are distributed without court intervention, saving time and legal fees.
Lastly, trusts provide an opportunity to determine how trustees will manage gifts and which expenses it covers, including educational scholarships or other charities your family supports. When set up correctly, trusts offer incredible security and flexibility when planning for the future of our families.
When setting up a trust, it is essential to ensure that all the necessary paperwork is filed correctly and that the terms of the trust are legally binding. To ensure this is done right, it is best to get experienced legal guidance to determine which type of trust is right for you and your family.