Trusts vs. Wills: which one is right for you?

Trusts vs. Wills: which one is right for you?

                                                       Trusts vs. Wills:

                                              Which one is right for you?

Let's start with Wills...

Wills:

  • A will is a legal document that outlines your instructions regarding the distribution of your assets after your death.
  • It allows you to name beneficiaries, appoint an executor to carry out your wishes and designate guardians for minor children.
  • A will goes through the probate process, which is a court-supervised process of validating the will and distributing assets. Probate can be time-consuming and may involve legal expenses.
  • Will become a public record upon probate, meaning the details of your estate and beneficiaries can be accessed by the public.
  • Wills are generally less expensive to set up compared to trusts and may be sufficient for individuals with simpler estates or fewer assets.

Let's look at Trusts...

Trusts:

  • A trust is a legal arrangement where a trustee holds and manages assets on behalf of beneficiaries, according to your instructions.
  • Trusts can be revocable or irrevocable. Revocable trusts can be modified or revoked during your lifetime, while irrevocable trusts typically cannot be changed.
  • By transferring assets into a trust, you can avoid probate for those assets, allowing for a faster and more private distribution process.
  • Trusts can provide ongoing management of assets, especially beneficial if you become incapacitated. They can specify how assets should be used and distributed over time, such as for children, grandchildren, or charitable organizations.
  • Trusts offer more flexibility and control over asset distribution, protection of assets from creditors or lawsuits, and potential tax benefits.
  • Setting up a trust generally involves more upfront costs compared to a will, and ongoing management and administrative tasks are required.

                                                     Dorsey's International Realty Disclaimer:

Ultimately, the decision between a trust and a will depends on your goals, the complexity of your estate, and your personal preferences. It's advisable to consult with an estate planning attorney who can evaluate your specific situation and provide tailored recommendations based on your needs. Note that this is general information and not legal advice. It is always recommended that individuals seeking to include a disclaimer in a contract or agreement consult with a qualified attorney who can advise them on the specific legal requirements and implications in their jurisdiction.


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