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Do you ever worry about how your beneficiaries will manage their portion of their inheritance when you pass away? One solution that allows you to still exert some control over your money–even after passing–is with a revocable living trust (RLT).”

A revocable living trust is created with a written agreement or declaration that names a trustee to manage and administer the property of the grantor. As the grantor, or creator of the trust, you can name any competent adult as your trustee, or you can use a bank or a trust company for this role. The grantor can also act as trustee throughout his lifetime.

Investopedia’s article from last fall entitled “Should You Set up a Revocable Living Trust?” explains that after it’s created, you must re-title assets—like investments, bank accounts, and real estate—into the trust. You no longer “own” those assets directly. Instead, they belong to the trust and don’t have to go through probate at your death. However, with a revocable living trust, you retain control of the assets while you’re alive, even though they no longer belong to you directly. A revocable living trust can be changed, and any income earned by the trust’s assets passes to you and is taxable. However, the assets themselves don’t transfer from the trust to your beneficiaries until your death.

4.8.19The last step of an estate plan is one that all too often gets forgotten. That’s too bad, because unless you retitle assets so that they are owned by the trusts created for the plan, means that all good planning could be worthless.

When you are done creating an estate plan, your estate planning attorney might give you a list of items that you need to take care of, including retitling or changing the ownership of things like bank accounts, brokerage accounts, shares of a privately owned business, real estate and other assets.

These assets must be put into the trust while you’re alive, to avoid probate or be distributed to the trust as a beneficiary upon your death.

4.8.19The foundation of your estate plan is a will, also known as a last will and testament. Depending upon your situation, your Houston area estate planning attorney may recommend additional documents, including trusts.

The first part of your estate plan is the creation of a will to provide clear instructions of how your property should be distributed after you pass. The will is also used to name a guardian for minor children, if your family is still young. The concept that many people don’t understand, is that without a will, these and other decisions will be made for you according to the laws in Texas. It’s far better to make these decisions for your family yourself.

Some estates are straightforward and simple. If you have a large amount of assets, children from different marriages, or own a business, your estate will draw on different strategies used by the estate planning attorney. Among them may be a revocable trust.

Basketball hoopLegendary Coach Dean Smith's estate is making news and not for vast wealth.  The North Carolina basketball coach left $200 each to almost 200 players via his revocable trust.  Typically, trusts are a private matter but Coach Smith's legion of admiring basketball players shared the news via social media.

Revocable trusts are a very popular estate planning tool used by many to keep the details of an individual’s estate private. Wills, by contrast, are public documents. Coach Smith may not have intended for his gifts to be public knowledge, but his generosity is clearly treasured by his players.

Read the full story in a article, titled Dean Smith's Generosity Got Lots of Press. His Estate Plan Deserves Some Too.”

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