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Why having a trust is an important part of estate planning

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2023 | Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, Wills |

Estate planning is a crucial aspect of securing your financial future and ensuring the well-being of your loved ones. One powerful tool that can significantly enhance your estate plan is creating a trust, which has a long list of benefits.

Avoiding the probate process

The legal process of going through probate can be a lengthy, costly, and public legal proceeding. Most people who create estate plans try to bypass the probate process legally, and a trust is an excellent way of doing that.

By placing your assets in a trust, you can spare your beneficiaries and heirs the complexities of going through the probate court process, allowing for a smoother transition of your estate.

Having a trust gives you privacy

Many people do not want their personal information to be public, including their will and what they want to do with their assets after they pass on.

If you use a will, it becomes a public record during probate. Trusts, however, offer a higher level of privacy.

The details of your assets, everything you have, your beneficiaries, heirs, and interested parties are kept confidential, shielding your financial affairs from public scrutiny.

Having a trust lets you plan for incapacity

No one likes to think about what would happen if they become incapacitated, but it is important to consider this and decide what your wishes are if that happens.

A trust allows you to plan for the possibility of incapacity. By appointing a trustee, you can ensure that someone you select manages your financial affairs if you become unable to handle them yourself.

Integrating a trust into your estate plan offers a multitude of benefits, from avoiding probate hassles to providing flexible distribution options and protecting your assets.


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