The revocable living trust is a very versatile and effective estate planning tool. One of the major advantages is the fact that asset transfers that are facilitated through the terms of a living trust are not subject to probate.
This is a court proceeding that would enter the picture if you express your final wishes in a simple will. Inheritances are not distributed while the estate is being probated by the court, and it will take close to a year in most cases.
Another drawback is the fact that anyone that is interested can obtain probate records to find out what transpired during the process. Considerable expenses accumulate during probate as well, so a lot of people choose to avoid it.
Since a living trust would be revocable, it can be rescinded or dissolved at any time. This would rarely be necessary, because the grantor would have complete access to all property that was signed over to the trust every step of the way. Additional property can be added at any time, and the grantor can change the terms of a living trust.
Shared Living Trusts
If you are married, depending on your intentions, a shared living trust could be very good choice. This would be the way to go if you and your spouse have a lot of jointly owned property, and you want to leave your individual interests in the property to one another.
At first, you and your spouse would be co-trustees and beneficiaries. After the death of one spouse, the survivor would become the sole controller of the living trust.
Even if you and your spouse have separate property that you want to pass along to others, this can be done if you have a shared living trust. You simply have to put this property on a schedule and state your wishes in the trust agreement.
Separate Living Trusts
Two people that are married have the right to establish their own separate revocable living trusts. This would be the better option if there is no jointly held property and the estate planning objectives of each individual are divergent.
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