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Do I Need A Living Trust? - Living Trusts 101


A trust, like a corporation, is an entity that exists only on paper but is legally capable of owning property.


A flesh and blood person, however, must actually be in charge of the property; that person is called the trustee.


You can be the trustee of your own living trust, keeping full control over all property legally owned by the trust. There are many kinds of trusts.


A living trust (also called an inter vivos trust) is simply a trust you create while you're alive, rather than one that is created at your death under the terms of your will.


All living trusts are designed to avoid probate. Some also help you save on death taxes, and others let you set up long-term property management.


Note: Property held in trust is actually "owned" by the trustees of the trust, subject to the rights of the beneficiaries. The trust itself doesn't actually own anything.


Do I need a living trust?  Property you transfer into a living trust before your death doesn't go through probate. The successor trustee, the person you appointed to handle the trust after your death, simply transfers ownership to the beneficiaries you named in the trust.


The rest of the article answers these other 4 questions:

  1. Is it expensive to create a living trust?

  2. Is a trust document ever made public, like a will?

  3. Does a trust protect property from creditors?

  4. Can a living trust save taxes?

For more Living Trust information click on the rest of the article.  Or if you want to talk or ask me questions, call me, Paul Sullivan, at 240-316-3531.



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