Be Careful of the Pitfalls in Estate Planning

ESTATE PLANNING PITFALL

A revocable living trust compliments a will and enables your beneficiaries to inherit your wealth upon your death with no need for probate.  But, the trust must be properly funded if it is to do any good.  You must transfer your assets into your trust while you are alive. This means changing legal ownership of your assets from your name to that of the trust.

Bank accounts, stocks, real estate, and even business interests are the type of assets that should be transferred to a trust.  Real estate requires a new deed for the transfer.  It is usually recommended to avoid transferring IRA’s and 401(k) plans to a revocable trust.  This can trigger unwanted tax consequences.

Call the Law Offices of Debra G. Simms at 386.256.4882 to learn more.

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