Funding: Avoid Probate

A revocable living trust (RLT) is an estate planning tool that allows you to avoid the probate process while maintaining total control for yourself and your loved ones. Therefore, no newspaper notices or letters to heirs are required, no records become public, there...

Revocable Gift Trust

A Revocable Gift Trust is a particular type of revocable trust for educational or other specified purposes, often established for grandchildren or other close family members. This type of trust allows you, as the maker of the trust, to make gifts that are revocable...

Beyond the Living Trust

Living trusts continue to enjoy unprecedented popularity for a variety of reasons, particularly probate avoidance and increased control during incapacity and death. Many people fail to appreciate, however, that for those with taxable estates (over $2,000,000 this year...

Charitable Lead Trust

The Charitable Lead Trust is a type of charitable trust that can reduce or virtually eliminate all estate tax on wealth passing to heirs. In order to accomplish this goal, you create a trust that grants to a charity or charities, for a set number of years, the first...

Stand-Alone Educational Trust

A Stand-Alone Educational Trust is a type of trust that can pay for educational expenses, solve income tax issues, and provide an important piece of your estate plan. These trusts are specifically designed to manage socalled 529 plans, named after the Code section...

Young Person’s Trust

As the custodian of UTMA or UGMA assets, you are responsible for investing those assets for the child’s benefit. However, once the child attains 21 years (18 in some states), that child has the absolute right to control these assets – and do with them...