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What Is A Trust?

What Is A Trust? A trust is a legal arrangement through which a person (s) (or an institution, such as a bank), called a “trustee,” holds legal title to property for another person, called a “beneficiary.” The rules or instructions under which the trustee operates are set out in the trust instrument. Trusts have one set of beneficiaries during their lives and another set — often their children — who begin to benefit only after the first group has died. The first are often called “life beneficiaries” and the second “remaindermen.” There can be several advantages to establishing a trust,…

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Types of Trusts

Trusts fall into two basic categories: testamentary and inter vivos. A testamentary trust is one created by your will, and it does not come into existence until you die. In contrast, an inter vivos trust starts during your lifetime. You create it now and it exists during your life. There are two kinds of inter vivos trusts: revocable and irrevocable. Revocable Trusts Revocable trusts are often referred to as "living" trusts. With a revocable trust, the donor maintains complete control over the trust and may amend, revoke or terminate the trust at any time. This means that you, the donor,…

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Disadvantages to probate, including the length of time required to complete the process and wrap up the estate, and the potential costs involved.

Regardless the legislative fate of the federal estate tax, there is another aspect of your estate that you will want to consider – your Probate Estate.