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Trust Administration Archives

I think my loved one's will isn't valid -- what do I do?

The period of time following a loved one's death is often filled with overwhelming emotions. You will probably still be in the middle of the grieving process when it is time to handle your loved one's will and estate. To make matters more complicated, you and your family might not be happy with the will or may even suspect that it is not even valid. In such cases, you need experienced help on your side.

How to use an incentive trust for a loved one with an addiction

It might be difficult to find a Florida family that has not been affected by addiction in some fashion. These families often struggle with addressing the difficult line that runs between enabling a loved one and providing sometimes necessary support. Things can get even more complicated during estate planning, but an incentive trust can help ease some people's worries.

The difference between a revocable and irrevocable trust

A comprehensive estate plan is essential. While most people in Florida understand that they need a will and maybe a power of attorney or two, not everyone realizes what a trust can do for them. Some trusts can be either revocable or irrevocable, which provide different benefits depending on what a person needs most. 

Solo agers may approach long-term care planning a bit differently

A solo ager is a person who does not have children. Typically, a person will rely on one's children for assistance with managing personal affairs as he or she ages. In the event that a person in Florida does not have a child who can help, that individual may wish to take another approach toward long-term care planning. 

Survey shows family drama among estate planning woes

In light of recent news about tax law changes, some people are worried about how the changes could affect future plans, but a survey shows that even more people are concerned about family issues. Due to the changing and expanding nature of families, estate planning has become more of a challenge for some individuals. A thorough look at the needs and values of a family can help a person plan for his or her needs and wishes in regard to his or her Florida estate. 

Avoid this mistake for easier trust administration

An estate plan can be a useful tool for the person who wants to protect assets and ensure a smoother transition. As part of an estate plan, many Florida residents elect to create a revocable living trust to house their assets. Unfortunately, after setting up the trust, some individuals forget to fund the vehicle, thus making trust administration difficult for the successor trustees. 

Funding a trust now can help with trust administration later

A new car without fuel might be considered useless. Similarly, a trust that hasn't been properly funded won't be of much use and can be a headache for the individual charged with trust administration. It can be easy and relatively inexpensive to create a trust, but without funding it with the estate assets, the power of the trust is limited. In Florida, a person who wishes to create an estate trust may not want to neglect funding the estate vehicle. 

Using a trust to transfer assets

When it comes to estate planning, individuals have several options and many details to consider. One way to transfer assets to beneficiaries or heirs is through a structure called a trust. A trust has certain benefits for Florida residents who are looking into the process of planning how to pass along their accumulated wealth. 

Trust planning: Avoiding common pitfalls

When individuals approach preparations for the distribution of their assets, it is likely that they wish to avoid any situations that could lead to confusion about their final wishes. Whether a person creates a will, or dives deep into trust planning, once the effort is put forth, most people hope to have the distribution carried out according to plan. Florida residents have the ability to inform themselves about common pitfalls when it comes to estate planning, and in that way, they can hope to avoid future problems with the estate. 

A trust can provide stability for a child's future

Once a person has climbed the mountain of accruing wealth, they usually desire a way to share that wealth with family. A person who has retired and is debt free will likely be thinking about estate planning. Not every person will have confidence in a child's preparedness to receive a large sum of cash, nor will every child's circumstances be ideal for an infusion of cash. For individuals in Florida, a trust is a possible route for ensuring the longevity of the inheritance gift. 


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