Advantages of a Living Trust

There are a number of advantages to using Revocable Living Trusts. These include the following:-

  1. Avoids probate
    By transferring assets out of your name and into the name of a Revocable Living Trust, the assets will no longer be deemed to be part of your estate. As such, when you die, there is no need to have these assets go through the probate process before they can be transferred to your beneficiaries.

  2. Saves money
    By avoiding probate, you will also save your heirs a substantial amount of money in filing fees, costs, attorney fees and executor fees.

  3. Avoids publicity
    With probate, your Will (together with a schedule of all your assets) is filed in the probate registry and becomes a public document open for inspection by the public. By contrast, a Revocable Living Trust is a private contract between you as grantor and you as trustee; and, as there is no public filing requirement, details of your assets and the beneficiaries of same can remain confidential.

  4. Provides protection during incapacity
    With a properly drafted Revocable Living Trust, if you become disabled or otherwise unable to manage your estate, your Revocable Living Trust avoids the need for a court-mandated conservatorship by nominating a person known as a successor trustee (similar to a guardian) to manage the trust assets during any period of incapacity.

  5. Very difficult to contest
    The privacy of a Living Trust makes it difficult to contest by comparison to a will.

  6. Management of children’s inheritance
    Living Trusts, like Wills, can contain sub-trusts for the management of property given to children and young adults.

  7. Flexible
    You can amend the terms of a Living Trust or even revoke it at any time.



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