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Do you really need a trust?

Do you really need a trust?

I often craft estate plans without the use of a trust and achieve the exact same outcomes as if one was in place. Trusts in some circumstances are an added expense, unnecessary and over the top. My firm believes putting folks in a trust only if, it’s perfectly appropriate or absolutely needed. Whether a trust is appropriate or necessary depends on you and your families circumstances. Below is a list, à la Jeff Foxworthy, to see if a trust is…

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The Tale of the Unfunded Trust

The Tale of the Unfunded Trust

About fifty percent of the trusts that come across my desk are unfunded. Funding a trust simply means placing assets in a trust. Either by creating accounts to hold assets or by making the trust the owner of assets through titling Funding Trusts is essential to having a trust. Actually, I believe it’s the most important part of having since a trust. Since, an unfunded trust is not a trust at all, but rather a stack of papers. Here’s a…

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To Trust or Not To Trust

To Trust or Not To Trust

Under the appropriate circumstances, a revocable living trust is the perfect estate planning document. Sometimes, however they can be overkill or underused. Whether a trust is the right document for you depends much upon your assets and family circumstances. Also much depends on whether you as the maker and trustee are willing and able to do so. Here’s some things to consider before using one in your estate plan. A Trust Is Not A Will Replacement If you have a…

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Don’t Be Afraid of Estate Planning…

Don’t Be Afraid of Estate Planning…

All work and no estate plan makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no estate plan makes Jack a dull boy. I know estate planning ranks right up there with having a root canal. But, I do my best to make going through the haunted hotel of estate planning as painless as possible. The most difficult part for many is starting. And getting started is as simple as scheduling an initial consultation. During our consultation, I’ll ask you what…

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Updating Your Estate Plan in 2021

Updating Your Estate Plan in 2021

Updating your estate plan with COVID-19 in mind is something everyone should do this year. We will still be dealing with COVID for several more months. Regardless of whether a pandemic exists, reviewing your estate every now and then is always a good idea. During COVID-19, the time is now rather than then. Re-familiarize yourself with your estate plan documents. Carefully read, through them looking any changes to your plan, especially keeping in mind the challenges of living in a…

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