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Facts and Tips About Living Trust

In the present times, many people select a revocable living trust in their estate plan rather than depending on a joint ownership or a will. Time savings and cost are very much sought with the extra control over assets that living trusts can provide. For instance, a living trust that is properly prepared avoids the costly, public, and time-consuming court procedures when incapacitated (guardianship or conservatorship), and death (probate). Living trust plays an important role in providing for your spouse while not forgetting to set a portion for your children, which can be beneficial for second marriages. It basically protects your children’s inheritances as well your grandchildren from the creditors, courts, divorce proceedings, spouses, and irresponsible spending.

However, there are still many people who commit the mistake of sending their assets under the court system that don’t really fund their trusts. When it comes to funding trust, it generally refers to the transfer of assets from the person who owns the property to his trust. The process involves physically changing the titles of assets from the owner’s name or joint names to the name of the trust, that also changes beneficiary designations to the trust. You’ll need to indicate the name of your trustee in your living trust, and most likely, you’ll name yourself as the trustee so can completely control over your assets. The important benefits of having a revocable living trust include being able to remove assets anytime and continue buying and selling assets. You won’t avoid probate if you have already signed your living trust document without changing the titles and beneficiary designations. Also remember that the only assets you put in your living trust are the ones that you can only control. While you are still able to do so, it is very important to fund or transfer your assets to your living trust to court intervention at incapacity as well as to avoid probate at death. Just in any case that you forget an asset to be included in your living trust, your attorney can prepare a “pour over will” , acting like your safety net, so it catches any forgotten asset and allow it to be sent to your living trust.

The bottom line is, you are the one who is solely responsible for ensuring that all of the assets you want to be included in your living trust. Your lawyer is there to help you by transferring your real estate, and providing you with the sample letters and instructions for you to be able to transfer your other assets. Once you know how the process works, then you can do it yourself and save on legal fees. AmeriEstate can help you in the process of learning how to manage your living trust, feel free to check their website or homepage.6 Lessons Learned: Estates

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