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Our experts are continually publishing articles on important estate planning topics. We believe that you'll find the following articles on Living Trusts to be particularly helpful.



Selecting a Trustee: Did I Make the Right Choice?

by Kevin J. Tillson
When selecting an individual to serve as successor trustee of a trust, they often wonder if they are making the right choice. Generally, the individual making the trust serves as trustee for so long as they are capable or alive. Choosing who to serve as trustee in the event the individual becomes… Read More . . .

Exploding the Myths of "Living Trusts"

by Jeff Crown, Esq.
Since the 1960s, when Norman Dacey touted his book, "How to Avoid Probate," so called "living" trusts (more properly, "revocable trusts") have been incredibly oversold to people who do not understand what they are buying. Well intentioned folks are lured by slick advertisements to attend free… Read More . . .

Save Taxes - Basics of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Dynasty Trust

by Thomas Swenson
For US persons, an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) is arguably the most efficient structure for integrating tax-free investment growth, wealth transfer and asset protection. An ILIT comprises two main parts: (1) an irrevocable trust; and (2) a life insurance policy owned by the trust. An… Read More . . .

Irrevocable Dynasty Trust in 2012 to Utilize $5 Million Exemptions for…

by Thomas Swenson
The unified, lifetime federal gift and estate tax exemption in calendar year 2012 is set at $5.12 million. The federal lifetime exemption for the generation-skipping transfer tax (GSTT) is also $5.12 million in 2012. These are the highest exemption amounts in decades. In 2013, these exemptions are… Read More . . .

Qualified Domestic Trusts (QDOTs)

by Michael Pancheri
The term "QDOT" is an acronym for "Qualified Domestic Trust." Some people prefer to use the acronym "QDT," but we'll refer to this type of trust as a QDOT. Qualified Domestic Trusts were created under the Technical & Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1988 (TAMRA), effective for decedents dying after… Read More . . .

Special Needs Require Special Planning

by Gina M. Barry, Esq.
Many people in the United States are currently considered disabled as defined by Social Security. Their disability may entitle them to receive various benefits that are provided by the federal and state government. Some of these benefits, such as supplemental security income, Food Stamps, housing… Read More . . .

You’ve Been Asked to Administer a Loved One’s Will or Trust: Now What?

by Ron Adams
If a relative or friend has named you to be the successor trustee of their trust (or to be the personal representative of their estate, if they have only a Will), you may feel honored by their confidence in you but uncertain – and perhaps uneasy – about the responsibilities that go with it. A… Read More . . .

Administering An Estate - Investment and Transfer of Securities

by Dean Hanewinckel
In many cases a person dies owning investments such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other financial assets. During the administration of the probate estate or trust estate, the personal representative or trustee, as the case may be, will be required to take possession and manage these… Read More . . .

Administration Of A Probate Or Trust Estate - Selling The Decedent's Real…

by Dean Hanewinckel
As a Trustee of a decedent's trust or as a personal representative or executor of a decedent's probate estate, you may be required to sell the decedent's real estate. In doing so, you will be confronted with legal issues and requirements as well as practical issues. I will address both in this… Read More . . .
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You've Been Named As a Successor Trustee - Now What? Duties in the…

by Dean Hanewinckel
If you've been named as the Successor Trustee of a Trust, all of the duties may seem overwhelming. Here's a checklist of things you need to do to administer the trust. 1. Review trust documents. The first step in administering a trust estate is to locate and review all of the decedent's estate… Read More . . .


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