My wife and I protect our son. We may even be called over –protective. If we can find clothing made out of bubble wrap, we would most likely get an entire wardrobe for him. Right now, he is only four-years old. So our protection scheme is very hands on – one of us stays close to be able to spring into protective action.
And as he grows and matures, I can foresee the types of protections will change. But the protective acts will always remain. I can see ourselves in the way our parents continue to support and protect us.
So I find it strange when I hear clients insist to not put certain protective language into their trusts. I have to attribute this to a misunderstanding of what the language provides for their children.
In a traditional plan, when the person passes away, and the children stand to inherit, that inheritance is outright to those children – meaning the child is free to do with the money what he or she wants. That sounds good, except that in that plan, that inheritance, once in the child’s pocket, is vulnerable to that child’s creditors, to lawsuits, to a divorce and as part of any government support application.
So we can craft a plan that keeps the good, and eliminates the bad – and why wouldn’t anyone want to protect their children from the bad, especially when they have the power to do so. The good would be that the child can spend the inheritance as he or she pleases; while at the same time the language keeps the outside “bad” away – creditors, lawsuits, divorce and government assistance programs would not be able to get to that money.
To make sure your plan protects your children, please give us a call today to make an appointment, and one of our estate planning attorneys can talk with you as to the best approach to add those protections.
Contributed by MH Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces Estate Planning Attorney, James P. Plitz.
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