Many people choose to incorporate at least one trust agreement into their comprehensive estate plans. If you are among them, you will need to make many important decisions during the creation of your trust, starting with whether to establish a living or testamentary trust. Although it is always best to consult with an experienced attorney before making any estate planning decisions, an Indianapolis trust attorney at Frank & Kraft explains why you might decide to include a testamentary trust … [Read more...] about Why Would I Need a Testamentary Trust?
One of the most useful tools found in the average estate plan is a trust agreement. If you decide to incorporate a trust into your estate plan, you will need to appoint a Trustee. It is also wise to appoint a successor Trustee. To help you understand why appointing a successor Trustee is important, the Indianapolis trust administration attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain under what circumstances a successor Trustee might take over the administration of a trust. What Is a Trust? A trust … [Read more...] about When Does a Successor Trustee Take Over?
From the moment you first learned you were going to be a parent you likely worried about protecting and providing for your child. That need to protect and provide is evident in your estate plan because you want to be sure your child is financially secure if something happens to you while he/she is still young. Simply leaving an inheritance behind for your child isn’t enough though. As the Indianapolis trust attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain, you must decide who you want to guard that … [Read more...] about How to Guard Your Child’s Inheritance
Sometimes, the most difficult part of creating an estate plan is not deciding who to include as beneficiaries but deciding how to gift assets to those beneficiaries. For example, you may be reluctant to pass down assets directly to a beneficiary because that individual cannot be trusted to manage his/her own money for one reason or another. If you find yourself in that position, a spendthrift trust may be the solution. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, an Indianapolis estate … [Read more...] about What Is a Spendthrift Trust?
Whether you are a new parent or the parent of adult children, you undoubtedly want to protect the inheritance you intend to leave for your children. Establishing a trust is the most popular way to accomplish this common goal. To ensure that the trust works as intended, you want to avoid making mistakes when setting up the trust. Toward that end, the Indianapolis estate planning attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain common mistakes parents make when establishing a trust for their … [Read more...] about Parents – Avoid Making These Mistakes When Establishing a Trust for Your Children
Trust agreements are commonly found in a comprehensive estate plan. If you have established a trust agreement, you may need to update that agreement from time to time to ensure that the trust functions as intended. To help you keep your trust up to date, the Indianapolis trust attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain when you need to update a trust agreement. Contact Indianapolis Trust Attorneys For more information, please join us for an upcoming FREE seminar. If you have additional … [Read more...] about When Do I Need to Update a Trust Agreement?
Like many people, you may have included a trust agreement in your overall estate plan. If that trust is an irrevocable trust, you were likely told that you cannot modify, amend, or revoke the trust. What happens though if circumstances change, and your irrevocable trust needs to be modified or amended? While it is always best to operate under the assumption that an irrevocable trust cannot be changed, there may be a way to make changes to an irrevocable trust. The Indianapolis trust … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to Decant a Trust?
The beneficiaries of a trust have a current or future legal ownership interest in the assets held by the trust. The trust terms will dictate when the beneficiaries receive distributions from the trust and how much they receive. Sometimes, however, a beneficiary wants or needs the value of her interest in the trust prior to the scheduled distribution. That brings up the issue of a beneficiary’s ability to sell her interest in a trust. The Indianapolis trust attorneys at Frank & Kraft … [Read more...] about Can a Trust Beneficiary Sell Her Interest in the Trust Assets?