As the names imply, a Revocable Living Trust exists during your lifetime whereas a Testamentary Trust becomes effective only upon your death. » Read more..
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Even the terms describing amendments to these documents are different. An amendment to your Will is called a “Codicil” whereas an amendment to your Revocable Trust is called an “Amendment”. » Read more..
The checks for your inheritance may come in partial payments over many months, be tied up for years in a trust, or come within weeks. Or, there may be nothing left for you to inherit.
Much of the timing of the disbursement of your inheritance depends on the type and value of the deceased’s assets, the creditor claims against those assets, whether probate is required, and whether the deceased wanted your inheritance to be distributed outright to you or tied up in a trust for some period of time. » Read more..
The upfront costs of creating a Revocable Living Trust is almost certain to be higher than creating a Will, but a Revocable Living Trust may be cheaper in the end. Why? The Revocable Living Trust typically avoids the time and expense of probate. » Read more..
Given that your trustee and personal representative (a/k/a “executor”) are charged with ensuring that your Revocable Trust agreement and Will are followed, it’s important to select the right persons to assume these responsibilities.
Both personal representatives of a Will and trustees of a Trust are fiduciaries. As fiduciaries, they are legally required to act for the benefit of your beneficiaries — not for their own benefit — in following the terms of your Will or Trust. » Read more..
Setting up a Revocable Living Trust is a good first step to avoiding probate, but it is only a first step.
You still must transfer the title of your assets to the trustee of your Revocable Living Trust.
Even if you’ve already transferred title to some of your assets, the key is whether you’ve properly done so with enough of your assets. » Read more..
Pro — Avoid Probate: All assets held in a Revocable Living Trust avoid probate. Probate avoidance is especially helpful when you own real estate in more than one state. If real estate is owned in your name alone, it may trigger a probate action in each state where the real estate is located. » Read more..
What you need for an estate plan varies with each life stage or milestone. Here are some examples of estate plan considerations for Minnesotans at various ages and life stages/milestones:
Age 18: If you are a young adult you should have a Health Care Directive and Durable Power of Attorney because incapacity can strike at any time. The Health Care Directive will enable your hand-picked agent to make decisions regarding your body, and the Durable Power of Attorney will enable your hand-picked representative to handle your financial affairs. » Read more..
Yes! First, your trustee only has authority over your financial assets that are held in your Revocable Trust, and chances are not all of your financial assets are in your Revocable Trust. » Read more..
If some of the language in your Will or Trust seems foreign to you, you are not alone. Here’s a rundown of some commonly used terms, and a description of what they mean:
Testator (male) or Testatrix (female): This is you, if this is your Will.
Settlor or Grantor: This is you, if this is your Trust. » Read more..