The decision to create a trust is a complex one. You will want to discuss your personal needs with financial and legal experts. It is not uncommon for an individual who owns a small parcel of land, a home, and a few investments to have an estate that exceeds the federal estate-tax limits, resulting in large tax implications. In addition, if you own assets that require ongoing management, such as rental property, a trust may help facilitate their management in the event of incapacity.
Individual situations and the purposes of your estate plan will determine the best strategies for you. However, unless you have an estate that exceeds the federal tax threshold, own complex assets, or are providing for a minor child or disabled person, under most circumstances you are not likely to need a living trust.
- a. Types of Trusts: Testamentary and Living Trusts
- b. Advantages and Disadvantages of a Living Trust
- c. Is a Trust the Right Planning Device for You?
Prepare Your Estate Plan belongs to a series called Legally Secure Your Financial Future. The series also includes information to help you organize important household papers and to communicate your health-care wishes.