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April 25th, 2011

What is a Life Insurance Trust?

(Estate Planners) - When planning an estate, many people assume that if they have adequate life insurance coverage that their heirs will be well provided for. This is not always the case as federal estate tax can eat as much as fifty-five percent of the wealth of your estate before your heirs receive a dime. The life insurance trust is a type of trust that is established specifically for the purpose of owning life insurance. If the owner of the life insurance policy is also the insured, the proceeds of the insurance policy will be subjected to the federal estate tax when the insured passes away.

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April 18th, 2011

What is a Grantor Retained Income Trust (“GRIT”)?

(Estate Planners) - A grantor retained income trust, which is also known by the acronym of GRIT, is a frequently used trust that can help to reduce the amount of estate tax that is due when a person passes away with a large estate. The Grantor retained income trust can also provide an income stream for the creator of the trust that provides a steady flow of money during their lifetimes while allowing their heirs to benefit from their wealth upon the trust creator’s death. Thus, the reason for the name, grantor retained income trust.

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