Funeral planning may not be the first thing you think about when you contemplate your estate plan; however, it is something that you should consider including. If you do decide to incorporate a funeral planning component in your estate plan you may choose to create a special type of trust known as an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, or ILIT. The Indianapolis estate planning attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain how an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust works and why you might want to include one … [Read more...] about What Is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?
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As the beneficiary of a trust, you are entitled to benefit from the assets held by the trust. You must depend on the Trustee of the trust to protect and grow those assets. What happens if the Trustee is not doing his/her job properly? Can you do anything about a problematic Trustee? The Indianapolis trust administration attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain what a beneficiary can do about a problematic Trustee. Problems with a Trustee Sufficient consideration is not always given when … [Read more...] about What Can a Beneficiary Do about a Problematic Trustee?
Although a Last Will and Testament is likely the cornerstone of your estate plan, you will also probably incorporate additional estate planning tools and strategies into that plan to ensure that all your goals are reached. For many people, that means incorporating at least one trust into their estate plan. The best way to ensure that you do not make any mistakes with a trust you create is to work closely with an experienced trust attorney. In addition, the Carmel trust attorneys at Frank … [Read more...] about Trust Mistakes to Avoid Making
A comprehensive estate plan typically requires you to incorporate a variety of estate planning tools and strategies into your plan. One of the most common of those tools is a trust. If you are contemplating the use 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. You will first need to decide if you wish to appoint a layman or a professional, such as a trust administration attorney, as your … [Read more...] about Is a Trust Administration Attorney a Better Choice for My Trustee?
One of the most common additions to a well thought out estate plan is a trust because a trust can accomplish such a wide range of estate planning goals. To know whether a trust could be a beneficial addition to your estate plan, you need to better understand your trust options and the role taxes play when trust assets are sold by different types of trusts. An Indianapolis trust attorney at Frank & Kraft explains how capital gains taxes are treated when you create an irrevocable … [Read more...] about Does an Irrevocable Trust Pay Capital Gains Taxes?
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. In the meantime, … [Read more...] about Things to Consider Prior to Creating a Trust
Most people are familiar with the concept of a trust; however, the thought of creating a trust can be a bit intimidating. 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. The Indianapolis trust attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain the different types of trusts available. Testamentary Trusts A testamentary trust is a trust that doesn’t activate … [Read more...] about Understanding Trusts
One of your primary estate planning considerations should be the impact federal gift and estate taxes will have on your estate after you are gone if you have significant assets that will be left behind. One estate planning tool you may decide to use is an Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust (“IDGT”). The Indianapolis trust attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain why you might want to create an Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust. Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust Basics An IDGT is a … [Read more...] about Understanding the Benefits of an Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust
For many people, philanthropy is part of their everyday life. If you are someone who believes strongly in charitable gifting, you may wish to continue that charitable gifting in your estate plan. While you can make charitable gifts in your Will, that is often not the best way to do so. Instead, consider using a living trust. The Indianapolis trust attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain how to make a charity the beneficiary of your living trust. Gifting to Charity Using Your Last Will and … [Read more...] about Can a Charity Be the Beneficiary of a Living Trust?
A living trust is among the most common additions to an estate plan. A living trust can be used to help with a variety of estate planning goals, including probate avoidance, incapacity planning, and asset protection. If you are considering a living trust for your estate plan, you may be concerned about the cost of administering that trust once it is active. To help you better plan your estate, an Indianapolis trust administration attorney at Frank & Kraft discusses trust administration … [Read more...] about Is Trust Administration Expensive?