Probate avoidance is one of the most common estate planning goals. Given the time and expense involved in probating an estate, it is not surprising that many people try to set up their estate plan in a way that avoids probate altogether. A common tool used when trying to avoid probate is a revocable living trust. If you recently lost a loved one who left behind a living trust, you may be wondering if you need a trust attorney to help you settle the trust. In most cases, the answer is “yes.” There are, however, several factors that you should [Read more…] The post Do I Need a Trust Attorney to Settle a Living Trust? appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Though once thought of as only benefitting the wealthiest among us, trusts are now commonly used by the average person to accomplish a wide range of estate planning goals. In fact, you may find that you incorporate more than one trust into your comprehensive estate plan as your plan grows over the years. You may also find that you want to make changes, or modify, a trust that you created some time ago. You may be surprised to learn that modifying a trust is often easier than making changes to your Last Will and Testament; however, if the proper steps [Read more…] The post A Living Trust Attorney Explains How to Modify a Trust appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Most people start off their estate plan with fairly simple goals that can be accomplished using nothing more than a Last Will and Testament. That plan, however, will likely need to be reviewed and expanded upon as the family and the estate grow over the years. If you find yourself in a position where it is time to expand upon your basic estate plan, you may be considering the addition of a trust as part of that expansion. If you will be creating a trust for the first time, it is important for you to learn as much as possible [Read more…] The post Waukegan Trust Administration Attorneys Explain Trust Basics appeared first on Hedeker Law.
A comprehensive estate plan will typically include a wide range of estate planning tools and strategies in order to fulfill all of the various estate planning goals. Although a Last Will and Testament often serves as the foundation of an estate plan, another common tool found in the average estate plan is a trust agreement. Unfortunately, there are a number of myths and misconceptions people share about trusts that often cause them to shy away from considering a trust for their estate plan. In an effort to try and dispel some of those myths, the trust lawyers at Hedeker Law, [Read more…] The post Trust Lawyers Share Common Myths about Trusts appeared first on Hedeker Law.
When you contemplate your estate plan, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a Last Will and Testament. Most people associate a Will with estate planning; however, there is another option for the foundation of your estate plan – a trust agreement. In fact, there are a number of benefits to using a trust instead of a Will as your primary estate planning document. To help you make the right decision for your plan, the Lincolnshire living trust lawyers at Hedeker Law, Ltd. explain the benefits of using a trust instead of a Will. Estate Planning Basics Like [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Living Trust Lawyers Explain the Benefits of Using a Trust Instead of a Will appeared first on Hedeker Law.
At one time, trusts were predominantly used by wealthy families as a vehicle by which the family wealth could be passed down without incurring a tax obligation on the transfer of wealth. The tax laws have since changed to prevent a trust being used in that way; however, trusts are now more popular than ever. In fact, it is becoming increasingly common to find a trust in the estate plan of the average person. Although there are numerous different specialty trusts that help accomplish a wide range of estate planning goals, all trusts have one thing in common – the [Read more…] The post During Trust Administration, Can a Trustee Be Removed or Replaced? appeared first on Hedeker Law.
One of the most common tools used when creating a comprehensive estate plan is a trust agreement. Most people are familiar with the concept of a trust; however, the details can be a bit murky. If you are considering the use of a trust in your estate plan, deciding on which type of trust is best for your needs and goals is the first step toward incorporating a trust into your plan. Although it is always best to consult with your Illinois estate planning attorney before you make a firm decision about the type of trust you need, it may [Read more…] The post Trust Attorneys Types of Trusts Explained appeared first on Hedeker Law.