When thinking about financial planning and estate planning at the highest level, many of the goals that families pursue are similar: you want to protect your assets, grow them, and ultimately ensure a smooth and tax-efficient wealth transfer to future generations.

These goals are commonly held. But the strategies for achieving them can vary greatly based on individual circumstances.

One question that comes up quite a bit is, does it make sense to use trusts in my planning? There are several advantages to using trusts—they provide asset protection, privacy, and a degree of control and flexibility over how assets are managed and distributed, both during one’s lifetime and after death. Trusts also have the ability to bypass probate, which means assets held within a trust can typically be distributed to beneficiaries without the delays, expenses, and public disclosures associated with probate proceedings.

But this doesn’t mean trusts are a good fit for every family. In some cases, a well-crafted will combined with other planning tools like powers of attorney and beneficiary designations work plenty well for addressing a family’s estate planning objectives. Going this route can also mean avoiding legal fees, administrative expenses, ongoing management, and other complexities associated with trust planning.

For families with larger estates, numerous asset types, and unique family dynamics, however, trusts can offer many advantages and significant value. Trusts give heads of families well-defined control over the distribution of assets, with the ability to outline detailed instructions regarding how and when beneficiaries receive their inheritances. Families may have specific charitable goals, children with special needs, complex business interests, or any number of complexities for which trusts can serve as a solution.

Put another way, trusts offer the unique ability to customize and exert control over your estate plan in all the ways you see fit.

In determining whether a trust is right for your family’s financial/estate plan, the first step is to communicate your specific goals for your assets. These insights may lead down a path where revocable, irrevocable, charitable, or some other type of trust makes the most sense. There are ancillary benefits to trust planning as well, as certain types of trusts like irrevocable trusts can protect assets from creditors and legal judgments, providing a safeguard against potential claims and liabilities.

An ideal outcome is one where your family, your financial planner, and estate and tax professionals are in continual communication to ensure your plans are aligned with your objectives. Once trusts are established and implemented, it will be job of trustees and financial advisors to ensure they are correctly funded and managed, which may include making sure appropriate distributions are occurring.

Ultimately, the decision to incorporate a trust into an estate plan depends on various factors, including the size and complexity of the estate, individual preferences, and long-term goals. For families where trusts make sense, they can be very effective at giving you control, privacy, flexibility, and asset protection benefits in your estate. Precisely what many families are looking for.


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