Many people choose to include at least one trust in their comprehensive estate plan. If that includes you, one of the most important decisions you will need to make when creating your trust is who to appoint as your Trustee. In addition, you will need to decide how much discretion your Trustee will have. Toward that end, the Indianapolis trust attorneys at Frank & Kraft discuss how much discretion your Trustee should have. Trust Basics A trust is a relationship whereby property is held … [Read more...] about Trustee Discretion – How Much Is Too Much?
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There is a very good chance you will decide to incorporate at least one trust into your estate plan given how popular trusts are. In fact, you might choose to create a secret or semi-secret trust. A Plainfield area trust attorney at Frank & Kraft explains what a secret trust is and why you might want one. The Last Will and Testament Most people are familiar with the concept of a Will. At its most basic, a Will is a legal document that allows the Testator (person executing the Will) to … [Read more...] about Should I Create a Secret Trust?
Although once used almost exclusively by wealthy families, trusts are now commonly found in the average person’s estate plan. If you are contemplating the addition of a trust to your estate plan, it is important that you choose the right Trustee to administer that trust. Understanding the trust administration process a little bit better may help you choose the right Trustee. Toward that end, an Indianapolis trust administration attorney at Frank & Kraft explains what is involved in … [Read more...] about What Is Trust Administration?
Although a Last Will and Testament will likely remain the foundation of your estate plan, as both your family and your estate grow, so will your estate plan. Additional estate planning tools and strategies will be incorporated into your plan to ensure that all your estate planning goals are met. One of the most common tools is a trust. If you decide to include a trust in your estate plan, you should work with an experienced trust attorney during the creation of the trust. It may help, however, … [Read more...] about 5 Steps in Creating a Trust
As you mature, and both your estate and your family grow, your estate plan will likely become more complex as well. A number of additional estate planning tools and strategies will be added to your initial plan in order to keep up with your changing needs and expanding goals. If you are part of a blended family, one of the estate planning tools you may decide to incorporate into your plan is a Qualified Terminable Interest Property, or QTIP, trust. Only your estate planning attorney can … [Read more...] about QTIP Trust Requirements
If you are fortunate enough to be the beneficiary of a trust, it means that you are entitled to benefit from the assets held by the trust. It also means that you are dependant on the Trustee of the trust to protect and grow those assets. The vast majority of the time this relationship works exactly as intended; however, there are times when it does not. As the beneficiary of a trust, can you do anything if the Trustee is not performing as he/she should? Can the Trustee be removed? The … [Read more...] about Can a Trustee Be Removed?
Once you outgrow your initial estate plan, you will likely find that you need to incorporate a wide range of estate planning tools and strategies to ensure that your plan will achieve the ever-expanding list of inter-related goals now included in your plan. One of the tools you may choose to utilize is a trust. Trusts have become increasingly popular, due in large part to the flexible nature of a trust. When creating your trust you must focus on how the trust will be administered, starting with … [Read more...] about How Much Discretion Should Your Trustee Have?
Including a trust in an estate plan has become a very popular option in recent years given the numerous and varied goals a trust can help accomplish. If you are considering the addition of a trust in your estate plan, one of the most important decisions you will need to make when you create your trust is who to appoint as your Trustee. A common mistake people make when they create a trust is to appoint someone close to them, such as a spouse or family member, as the Trustee without giving due … [Read more...] about Why Is a Professional Trustee Often Best?
It is important to understand all of the potential living trust benefits when you decide if you want to make a living trust. The specific benefits can vary depending upon your personal situation, so it is a good idea to talk with an experienced attorney who can provide you with personalized advice on whether a living trust is the right tool for you to use. Frank & Kraft can help. A compassionate and knowledgeable member of our legal team can work with you to … [Read more...] about What are The Top Living Trust Benefits?
An Indianapolis living trust attorney can provide you with invaluable help as you plan for your future. When you are considering how to protect your assets, provide for your family, and ensure you have taken control over your future, you should strongly consider reaching out to an attorney with experience creating trusts in order to find out if a trust is right for you. Frank & Kraft has provided assistance to many individuals and families with identifying the legal tools that … [Read more...] about What Can an Indianapolis Living Trust Attorney Do For You?