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Common misconceptions around wills and trusts

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2023 | Estate Planning

When it comes to planning for the future, it is important to understand the ins and outs of trusts and wills. There are several common misconceptions that can lead to confusion.

Debunking some of these myths will help you navigate this important aspect of estate planning.

Trusts are only for the wealthy

Statistics show that only 22% of Americans have documented end-of-life wishes. One prevalent misconception is that trusts are exclusively for the wealthy. In reality, trusts can be beneficial for individuals with various financial situations. They provide a means to manage and distribute assets according to your wishes, regardless of the size of your estate.

Wills are sufficient for all situations

Some believe that having a will alone is enough to ensure the proper distribution of their assets.  Wills may not cover all scenarios.Trusts can offer additional flexibility and control over managing your assets, especially in complex situations.

Trusts are only for older individuals

It is a common belief that trusts are primarily for older individuals. Establishing a trust can be a wise decision at any stage of life. They offer protection in unforeseen circumstances.

Wills avoid probate completely

While having a will can streamline the probate process, it does not necessarily mean your estate will completely avoid it. Probate is the legal process of validating a will, and it may still be necessary, even with a will in place.

Trusts are complex and costly

Setting up a trust does not have to be overly complex or expensive. There are various types of trusts, some of which are straightforward to establish. The benefits of avoiding probate and providing for specific circumstances often outweigh the initial setup costs.

Trusts are irrevocable once established

Another misconception is that after creating a trust, you cannot alter it. Certain types of trusts do allow for modifications under specific conditions. This provides flexibility in adjusting your plans to adapt to changing circumstances.

By dispelling these common misconceptions, you can approach trusts and wills with a clearer understanding. Seeking guidance from a professional with expertise in estate planning can provide invaluable assistance in making the right decisions.