Wills & Trusts
Services We Can Help You With:
- Living Trust
- Living Trust Amendment
- Power of Attorney
- Advanced Healthcare Directive
- Affidavit of Death
Revocable Living Trust
What are the benefits of a living trust?
The following are a list of benefits of a properly-funded living trust that affect anyone and everyone who has one
♦ Quick and easy transfer of property to your loved ones
♦ Uninterrupted management of the estate should you and your spouse become incapacitated
What is a Living Trust?
A living Trust is designed to pass your assets to your loved ones while eliminating the delay and cost of probate. A living trust is created with a document known as a Declaration of Trust or Trust Agreement. This legal document contains articles which name who you want to leave your property to and how, as well as name those you trust to carry out your wishes.
♦ Avoid the long, arduous, and expensive probate process
♦ Avoid or reduce certain estate taxes
♦ Trusts are a private documents (as opposed to probate, which is a matter of public record)
♦ A revocable living trust can be revoked or amended at any time during your lifetime
What is Probate?
Probate is the court-supervised process of distributing an estate when a person dies with just a will (or when a person dies without any documents at all). It is expensive, long, and unnecessary.
Probate fees are set by statute. Here is an example of the statutory legal fees for an average-sized estate. Probate costs are based on the gross estate, not the net estate — this means that you don’t take any debt into consideration when calculating the fees and costs
Example: $650,000 Gross Estate
mortgages — so what if there is a $600,000 mortgage on the property and other debt? Check out this illustration with the same size estate:
|Mortgages and other debt||($610,000)|
|Net Estate||Net Estate|
|4% of the first $100,000||$4,000|
|3% of the next $100,000||$3,000|
|2% of the next $800,000||$9,000|
|+ Court Costs (estimated)||$1,500|
|+ Executor's fee||$16,000|
|Total Probate Fees||$33,500|
How it Works
Simply put, you create your living trust, you then transfer ownership of your assets to the trust which you manage as the trustee and then those assets pass to your designated beneficiaries upon your death.
If you become incapacitated or no longer want to manage your trust assets, your named subsequent trustee can take over the management of the assets for your benefit and then distribute them in accordance with your wishes upon your death.
We are not attorneys. We can only provide self-help services at your specific direction. DP Legal Solutions is not a law firm, and cannot represent customers, select legal forms, or give legal or tax advice. Services are provided at customers' request and are not substitute for advice of a lawyer. Because legal needs vary from individual to individual, you should seek the advice of trained professionals if you have any questions regarding your particular legal matters. Prices ALWAYS do not include court costs.
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