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Another thing that prevents us from taking this step is that most of us simply do not want to think about what would happen if we die or become incapacitated. This type of thought frightens us or makes us feel bad. We do not want to comprehend the fact that we will die some day. But, what will happen to our family? Are there small children in the home? Where will they go? What will happen to them?
These are questions everyone needs to answer and answer as soon as possible. Life comes at us quickly and it ends just as fast. While this is not a pleasant thought, it is something that needs to be discussed and planned for. A living trust can assist an individual in having their desires followed if they cannot answer for themselves. It is also vital that everyone take time out of their busy lives and accomplish a living trust.
Despite the feeling that most of us have that this is over our heads, an individual can obtain the necessary legal documents and forms without a lawyer's help. They are relatively straightforward and simple to fill out. It is very important for a person to complete a living trust so that their hopes and desires can be realized even after they are gone. The paperwork will normally just take a couple of hours to fill out. Every few months or when things in an individual's life changes dramatically these documents will need to be updated.
It really is that simple. It will not take long and, thanks to your living trust, your loved ones will not have to figure out your desires when you are gone. Your living trust will settle the estate. Many times when an individual does not have a living trust, or at least a will, the government can take what rightly belongs to their loved ones.
This type of document can assist you with what you would like to accomplish. If you are seriously hurt in an accident, a living trust will assure that you receive exactly the care that you want. An individual may choose not to live on a breathing machine or with a feeding tube for the remainder of their lives. This is important for loved ones to understand the significance of a person's wishes. Without a living trust your loved ones may be fighting over what they think is best for you when you are not able to speak your wishes.
Instead of the young children winding up with the comfort of a caring relative, they could end up in the state's custody. No parent would want that for their child. They need to have a living trust to ensure their well-being and others in the family. It is an important step to take at any age. Tomorrow may never come, live for today and protect your family for the future.
An individual is terrified of death or becoming a burden on other people. You can control what happens after the unthinkable occurs. Our Representatives will guide you through the process of obtaining a living trust or any auxiliary documents you may need. It is one of the most important steps an individual can make in their lives. Do not let the state or government be in charge of the future of your family. Take that important step today to meet with our Representative to start the process to protect your family. After they are completed, talk to family members and let them know what the final wishes and desires are. They need to know what will happen if a major part of the family is no longer around.
Generally, after your death, all property you owned -- including assets held in a living trust -- is subject to your lawful debts. For example, if your house is held in trust and passes to your children at your death, a creditor could demand that they pay the debt, up to the value of the house. Ownership of real estate is always a matter of public record, so creditors can always find out who inherited real estate. It can be more difficult for creditors to know who inherits other property, however (because a trust document, unlike a will, is not a matter of public record), and they may not bother tracking it down.
On the other hand, probate can also offer a kind of protection from creditors. During probate, known creditors must be notified of the death and given a chance to file claims. If they miss the deadline to file, they're out of luck forever.
A will is an essential back-up device for property that you don't transfer to yourself as trustee. For example, if you acquire property shortly before you die, you may not think to transfer ownership of it to your trust -- which means that it won't pass under the terms of the trust document. But in your will, you can include a clause that names someone to get all of the property that you haven't left to a specific beneficiary.
If you don't have a will, any property that isn't transferred by your living trust or other probate-avoidance device (such as joint tenancy) will go to your closest relatives in an order determined by state law. These laws may not distribute property in the way you would have chosen.
One tax-saving living trust is designed primarily for married couples with children. It's commonly called an AB trust, though it goes by many other names, including "credit shelter trust," "exemption trust," "marital life estate trust," and "marital bypass trust." Each spouse leaves property, in trust, to the other for life, and then to the children. This type of trust can save up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes, money that will be passed on to the couple's final inheritors.