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Using Trusts To Accomplish Estate Planning Goals

Many people believe that trusts are only for the very wealthy. This isn’t necessarily true. Although estate planning with trusts becomes increasingly important if you have significant assets and concerns about taxation, the reality is that many people who do not think of themselves as extremely wealthy can benefit from the creation of a trust.

At the law office of J. Jeffrey Press, P.A., our experienced attorneys draft trusts to help families meet goals ranging from the minimization of estate taxes to providing assets to adult children with disabilities.

Give us a call at 973-323-2654 to discuss your specific situation. From our office in Parsippany, we serve clients throughout northern New Jersey.

Using Trusts To Achieve Your Goals

Here are some examples of different types of trusts and the objectives they can accomplish:

  • Grantor or living trust: A grantor or living trust allows you to fully control your assets during your lifetime and determine how you want those assets to be distributed after your death. A grantor trust can be used as a substitute for a will. When assets are held in a trust, your beneficiaries do not have to go through the probate process before assets are distributed. By avoiding probate, trusts also help you keep your family’s financial affairs private.
  • Grantor retained annuity trust: A retained annuity trust allows you to retain the right of income from trust assets during your lifetime. At your death, the assets will automatically be transferred to the remainder beneficiaries.
  • Qualified personal residence trust: A personal residence trust is an estate and gift planning device that allows you to use a residence during the term of the trust and transfer the title to your beneficiaries upon the termination of the trust. Provided you outlive the term of the trust, placing your residence in the trust removes it from your estate for estate tax purposes.
  • Irrevocable life insurance trust: An irrevocable life insurance trust allows you to minimize estate taxes by keeping life insurance benefits out of your estate and control the distribution of the proceeds following your death.
  • Charitable trust: Charitable trusts are an efficient way to provide assets to a charity while minimizing taxation and retaining the income during your life.
  • Irrevocable asset protection trust: Irrevocable trusts enable you to protect assets from creditors, bankruptcy and lawsuits.
  • Special needs trust: A special needs trust allows you to provide assets to a loved one with a disability without making that person ineligible for government benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income.

Through careful planning and the implementation of trusts, we can achieve your estate planning goals and provide you with peace of mind.

Contact Us For More Information About Trusts

To schedule a consultation with an experienced trust lawyer in Parsippany, please call our office or contact us online.