I am not a tax attorney, nor do I play one on TV. I am, however, a financial guide who understands the need for thorough, complete estate planning. In recommending trusts to many of my clients and prospective clients, I have run across situations in which someone wanted to use a trust differently than [...]
In a perfect world, your will would be drawn up, your assets would be distributed in a timely, no-hassle fashion after your death, and your family would be immediately able to enjoy the financial legacy that you spent your life creating for them. Unfortunately, no one lives in a perfect world, but a beneficiary-controlled trust can help ensure that your children will have access to their inheritance in a way that is faster, and is legally protected longer-than some of the more traditional methods. A Beneficiary trust is long-term many states allow this type of trust to remain in perpetuities for at least a century, if not longer. A Beneficiary trust also maintains a structure that protects assets from creditors, false-heirs, ex-spouses, and any other potential beneficiaries and parties not named by the trust.
A living trust is an important tool in financial planning, and it is vital that you are fully informed about all of the details of this, and other legal documents. Be sure to meet with your certified personal financial planner to discuss your personal situation and living trust options before making any final decisions.
Be careful not to invest in an annuity just because it is a recognized brand. There are many things you should consider when picking the correct annuity for you.