Everyone is different, so everyone will have a different estate plan. What works for one person may not work for another. For this reason, it is important to find a plan that works best for you. Two documents you may want to incorporate include a will and trust. Read on to learn more about what these documents entail and the difference between them.

What is a Will?

A will is a document that declares what should happen to your possessions after you pass. Some people equate a will with a certain net worth. This is certainly not the case. Everyone should create a will, regardless of financial status. In fact, things left in a will may not always be of monetary value. A will is something that anyone interested in planning for their future should consider. In a will, you may want to include assets such as real estate, bank accounts, securities, and items of personality. Many other items or wishes can be included in a will as well. For example, if you want to designate a portion of money to charity, give a gift to a certain family member, or leave your favorite photograph to a friend, you can state that in your will. It is important to note that you should not put any funeral wishes in your will.

What is a Trust?

Simply put, a trust is a contract between a trustee and an estate. The parties involved are the trustor, the trustee, and the beneficiary.

Trustor: The person who creates the trust

Trustee: The third-party in charge of managing the trust

Beneficiary: The person who receives the benefits of the trust

Examples of Trusts

All trusts fall into two different categories:

Revocable: This type of trust can be altered and even revoked. It allows the trustor to make changes without the permission of the beneficiary.

Irrevocable: This type of trust cannot be altered without the explicit consent of the beneficiary

There are a lot of different trusts you may want to create. Below is a small sample of the trusts you can create:

  • Asset protection trusts
  • Supplemental needs trusts
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Charitable leads trusts
  • Generation-skipping trusts
  • Life insurance trusts
  • Testamentary trusts
  • Qualified personal residence trusts

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