Trusts are great estate-planning tools that offer a host of benefits, including asset protection, privacy, ease of distribution, protection from creditors, and tax benefits.
Unfortunately, far too many believe trusts are only a tool used by the wealthy. The reality is trusts can greatly benefit estates of almost any size.
Under Ohio law, the most common types are revocable, irrevocable, and special-needs trusts.
In a trust, assets are entrusted to a trustee who holds legal title and manages the assets until they are distributed to the eventual beneficiary. This can be a person, an attorney, or even a corporation, but is most often a trusted individual named by the person establishing the trust. The terms of the trust describe how income from the assets and principal are to be distributed and managed.
In establishing an irrevocable trust, the trustee is surrendering the rights to the assets in trust unless he or she is named as trustee. In exchange, the assets will not be subject to estate taxes (unless he or she remains trustee), and will be better protected from creditors. You may also be able to continue to enjoy trust income during your lifetime. There are a number of complex considerations in determining whether an irrevocable trust is right for you. Consultation with an experienced trust attorney in Cleveland will best help with determining the benefits and consequences.
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