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WILL OR TRUST?

September 2, 2016

 

The first thing most parents say when they call us is "I need a will!"  When we sit down with them to talk about their family's goals, what most families realize is that they don't really want a will---they want a family trust.  So, we thought we would explain why so you can make an educated decision for your family about what is best for you and, ultimately, for them.

 

What is the Difference Between a Will-based plan and a Trust-based plan?

 

A Will-based plan is an estate plan that does not include a Living Trust to hold title to your assets.  If you work with us and choose our Family Plan, which is a will-based plan, your legal documents will include a Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Advance Directive, HIPAA Release, Homestead Declaration (if you own a home), and, if you have minor children, a Kids Protection Plan® organized in a custom, comprehensive Family Affairs Legal Manual. 

 

A Trust-based plan is an estate plan that does include a Living Trust to hold title to your assets during your lifetime and to provide for ease of transfer of those assets in the event of your incapacity or death.  If you work with us and choos