Why Should I Have a Trust for My Kids?

Inheritance planning is a complex process that requires careful consideration of all the factors involved.

One of the most important aspects of inheritance planning is the use of a trust. A trust is a legal arrangement that allows you to set aside assets for your children or other beneficiaries while also providing for their management and protection.

In this blog post, we will discuss three key reasons why parents should consider trust for their children’s inheritance.

Avoiding Probate

Probate is the legal process required when an individual dies and their assets need to be distributed. The probate process can be lengthy and expensive and often requires the assistance of an attorney.

However, by setting up a trust, you can avoid probate entirely. This means that your assets will be distributed quickly, without court intervention, and with reduced legal fees.

By avoiding probate, you can keep your family’s financial affairs private rather than exposing them to the public record.

Privacy Protection

When an individual dies, their Last Will & Testament are typically filed with the court and become part of the public record. This means that anyone can see the details of the will and what assets are being distributed to each beneficiary.

However, setting up a trust lets you keep your family’s financial affairs private. This can be especially important if you have privacy concerns or want to protect your children from potential exploitation by others.

Control of Distribution

One of the most significant advantages of setting up a trust is controlling how and when your assets are distributed to your children. For example, you may have concerns about your children’s ability to manage large sums of money at a young age. With a trust, you can specify how and when your children will receive their inheritance.

You can set up the trust to distribute funds at specific ages, such as 25, 30, or 35, or you can structure the trust to provide for monthly or yearly distributions. By setting up a trust, you can ensure that your children’s inheritance is used for its intended purposes and that they are protected from making unwise financial decisions.

Working With an Estate Planning Attorney

A trust is essential in estate planning, particularly when providing for your children’s inheritance. By avoiding probate, protecting privacy, and controlling the distribution of assets, parents can ensure that their children’s inheritance is used for its intended purposes and that they are protected from making unwise financial decisions.

Working with an estate planning attorney is essential in setting up a trust that meets your unique goals and financial situation.

Setting up a trust requires a detailed understanding of estate planning law and an understanding of your specific financial situation. Therefore, it is recommended that you work with an estate planning attorney when setting up a trust for your children’s inheritance. An estate planning attorney can help you navigate the complexities of estate planning, identify your unique needs, and create a trust that meets your specific goals.

Contact our team at Apple Payne Law today to get started.

Author Bio

Ronald D. Payne II
Ronald D. Payne II is the CEO and Managing Attorney of Apple Payne Law, a North Carolina law firm he founded in 2018. With more than 11 years of experience practicing law, he is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of legal matters, including business law, estate planning, family law, probate, and traffic law.

Ronald received his Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being awarded the 2020 Client’s Choice Award by Avvo and multiple Rising Star awards from Super Lawyers.

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