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Have you considered creating a living trust?

There are many ways to control how your property is managed and distributed upon your death. While a will is a popular estate planning tool, you may want to consider combining it with the power of a living trust.

There are many benefits of a living trust, including:

  • Avoid probate: If you only have a will, your assets are required to go through probate before reaching your heirs. With a living trust, however, the assets in the trust are not subject to probate. This allows for a more efficient transfer of property.
  • Important for incapacity planning: There is more to an estate plan that what happens upon your death. You must also have a plan for protecting yourself in the event of incapacity. With a living trust in place, your trustee can step in to manage your affairs.
  • Privacy protection: Do you have concerns about you privacy once you're gone? A will is public record, which allows anyone and everyone to review your assets and where they ended up. A living trust is not public record, thus allowing you to distribute your assets with complete privacy.
  • More control over your estate: For example, maybe you want to leave assets to a child who may have difficulty managing money early in their life. With a living trust, you can designate that they don't receive their inheritance until they reach a specific age or milestone (such as graduating college).
  • Easy to create: A living trust is more detailed than a will, but with the help of a Philadelphia estate planning attorney it's easy to create. Furthermore, with a revocable living trust, you can make adjustments as necessary in the future.

The decision to create a living trust is a big one. This will impact you and your loved ones while you're living, as well as after your passing.

If you decide to proceed, make a list of all the assets you want to move into a living trust. From there, consult with an estate planning attorney to better understand your legal rights and how to create an ironclad trust.

Visit our website for more information on living trusts, wills and other estate planning topics.

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