Typically, a will provides that a person’s assets will be distributed to his or her children upon that person’s death. If a beneficiary trust were used instead of a will, the inheritance can be protected from the ex-spouses or creditors of the beneficiary. With a beneficiary trust, the beneficiary can control his or her inheritance and decide how the inheritance is invested. The beneficiary also gets to decide how and when it is spent. But if the beneficiary were to get a divorce or sued, the inheritance belongs to the trust, and not the beneficiary. While there are some limitations to the protection a beneficiary trust affords, a qualified estate planning attorney can help maximize your legacy for your family.
Contributed by MH Arrowhead, Scottsdale and Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney and Partner, David T. Eastman.
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