Living Trusts: Don't Make Sweeping Assumptions
Living trusts are very valuable estate planning instruments. One of the primary reasons why living
trusts are created is to avoid probate.
Probate is a legal process that your estate is subjected to if you don't take steps to avoid it. When you
use a last will to state your final wishes your family will have to wait until the probate process runs its
course before they will receive their inheritances.
Aside from the time involved probate can also be expensive. Plus, it opens the door for interested
parties who may want to challenge your estate.
When you consider the above you can see why some people decide to use living trusts. Distributions
of resources from the trust are not subject to probate.
You may hear about living trusts and jump to some conclusions. It may seem as though you are
divesting yourself of personal ownership of the assets. This can lead you to the belief that monies that
you conveyed into the trust are protected from creditors and claimants.
In fact, with a revocable living trust you are retaining incidents of ownership because you still control
the assets. For this reason the resources in the trust are not protected.
Of course there are other legal instruments that can be utilized to provide asset protection. If you
would like to explore your options in this regard don't hesitate to pick up the phone to set up a
consultation with a good Reno trust attorney who has a comprehensive understanding of estate
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