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August 29th, 2011

What is a Simple Trust?

(Estate Planners) - As far as the Internal Revenue Service is concerned, and for the purpose of taxation, there are two types of trusts, simple and complex. If a trust is classified as simple, this merely refers to how the trustee distributes income to the beneficiaries of the trust.

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August 22nd, 2011

What is a Grantor Trust?

(Estate Planners) - One type of grantor trust that is useful in estate planning is a grantor trust. This trust allows the grantor (the individual who establishes the trust) to have control over the trust assets and receive income that is created from the trust. The grantor trust is often called a living trust or a revocable trust.

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August 15th, 2011

What is a Dynasty Trust?

(Estate Planners) - A dynasty trust is a type of generation-skipping trust that can provide substantial savings on estate tax. When you consider the fact that estate tax can climb to a rate that is as much as fifty-five percent, and that each generation will have to pay estate taxes, you could hypothetically save up to eighty percent of your estate throughout the course of three generations.

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August 8th, 2011

What is a Crummey Trust?

(Estate Planners) - Don’t let its name fool you; the Crummey trust is a very viable option in estate planning. The Crummey trust can be used to legally avoid the payment of estate or gift tax when transferring money or other assets to someone else. And as a bonus, the grantor (person establishing the Crummey trust) can still specify to a certain degree how the transferred money and assets are used.

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August 1st, 2011

What is a Complex Trust?

(Estate Planners) - All trusts must be classified in one of two ways for the purpose of paying federal income taxes – as a simple trust or a complex trust. Basically, a complex trust is one that cannot be classified as simple. In a nutshell, the complex trust is one that contains provisions for charitable gifts, an income stream, or concerns other types of wealth distribution.

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July 18th, 2011

What is a Testamentary Trust Will?

(Estate Planners) - A common estate planning tool is the testamentary trust will. This type of will is used to set up a trust or trusts that part of or all of your estate will be transferred into when you die. The testamentary trust will is sometimes just referred to as a ‘testamentary trust’ and is similar in structure to the family trust, but with some distinct differences that can be very advantageous over other types of trusts, particularly if you are planning on leaving your estate to minor heirs, young adults, or children with disabilities.

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June 20th, 2011

What is a Pour Over Will?

(Estate Planners) - One type of testamentary instrument that is widely used in combination with a trust that was created during a person’s lifetime is a pour over will. A pour over will typically dictates that, when the testator passes away, all assets and property that they own that have not previously been transferred into the trust during the person’s lifetime automatically pour over into the trust.

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May 16th, 2011

What is a Resulting Trust?

(Estate Planners) - An arrangement where one individual holds property or assets for the benefit of another individual and that is implied by the courts in particular cases where an individual transfers property to another, giving the person legal title to it without the intention of the person having beneficial or equitable interest in the property is said to be a resulting trust.

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May 9th, 2011

What is a Qualified Terminable Interest Property Trust (“QTIP Trust”)?

(Estate Planners) - The qualified terminable interest property trust or QTIP trust is sometimes also referred to as a marital qualified terminable interest property trust. This trust is established to provide a surviving spouse with lifetime income that is derived from money that is earned by the assets that are transferred to the trust.

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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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