Trust Attorney

Bronx Trust Attorney Helping You Plan for Tomorrow

If you own a business in New York or have others who rely on you, you may have thought about estate planning, but no single estate planning strategy works for everybody. A Bronx trust lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin can help you create a trust that’s right for you.

Your specific estate plan will take into account your personal, financial, and family situation. For many, trusts offer practical, significant advantages. But others cannot benefit from a trust, so a last will and testament may be sufficient for your estate planning needs.

Whatever your circumstances are, you can find out more and receive sound estate planning advice by arranging to consult the right New York estate planning attorney. In New York City, you’ll find the right Bronx personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin.

Is a Trust Right for You?

For many, a trust is the perfect tool for distributing your assets to your loved ones and avoiding the inconvenience and cost of probate. Is a trust the right estate planning tool for you? If you’ll keep reading, you’ll learn why creating a trust may be the answer you’re looking for.

As you may know, the probate process distributes a decedent’s assets and property when that time comes. Especially when a decedent’s estate is complex, probate is a long and costly legal process.

Probate wraps up and resolves a decedent’s financial affairs. If you pass away without a will or a trust, probate gathers and identifies all of your assets, pays outstanding debts and taxes, and divides and distributes what is left to your beneficiaries.

Why Consider a Trust?

A trust lets you avoid probate, but many people do not need a trust. A last will and testament is often sufficient for many people’s purposes. To determine whether you need to establish a trust, think about these factors and bring them up to your estate planning lawyer:

  1. If you’re healthy and young, establishing a last will and testament is faster, less expensive, easier to change, and for many people in New York, sufficient for their needs.
  2. The more you have, the more your beneficiaries could lose in the probate process. Particularly if your estate is complicated or extensive, consider a trust – regardless of your age.
  3. If you and your marital partner are planning to leave your property and assets to each other, and if most of your assets are jointly owned, you probably do not need to create a trust.

How Does a Trust Work?

When you set up a trust, your assets may be transferred into the trust during your lifetime and distributed to your chosen beneficiaries when that time comes by someone you designate as a trustee. Your trustee will have duties comparable to the obligations of a will’s executor.

Why do people choose trusts over wills? Wills go through probate, while trusts do not. A trust may cost more to set up, but over time, a trust is usually less costly than a will. And trusts offer more privacy than wills because probate hearings are part of the public record.

What Are the Other Reasons to Avoid Probate?

Probate is costly. It holds up the transfer of your property and assets to your family members and other loved ones. A trust is not probated, so the transfer of your property and assets can usually be accomplished only weeks after you pass away.

Your trustee pays your outstanding taxes and debts and then transfers what remains according to your instructions as spelled out by the trust document. Probate can sometimes eat up ten percent of an estate, so avoiding probate genuinely helps your beneficiaries.

What Are the Other Reasons to Create a Trust?

Additionally, if you are a parent, a trust lets you designate a guardian for your minor child or children if you should pass away unexpectedly before your child or children reach the age of 18.

To set up a trust costs more – at first – than drafting a will. Trusts are complicated, detailed documents, and drafting a trust document is only the beginning of what a trust requires. You’ll have to move assets to the trust in several steps, and there’s plenty of red tape and paperwork.

A trust allows your trustee to take charge if you become incapacitated. If that happens and your only estate planning document is a will, a court may assign someone to handle your affairs, and the court will have to approve debt payments, property sales, or any other financial activity.

How Do “Revocable” and “Irrevocable” Trusts Differ?

However, if you’ve established a trust, your own trustee can manage your affairs without a court’s interference. You may establish a “revocable” trust or an “irrevocable” trust.

With a revocable trust, you transfer assets to the ownership of the trust, you retain control of those assets, and you can amend or dissolve the trust at any time. Assets transfer quickly to your chosen beneficiaries after your death.

Irrevocable trusts help you to give away assets while you’re still alive so that those assets aren’t subject to estate taxes. A New York estate planning lawyer will recommend creating an irrevocable trust if that is what’s right for you.

Should You Do It Yourself?

Why consult an estate planning lawyer when blank forms for creating a trust can be easily downloaded? Because creating a trust is risky, and you can’t afford a mistake. The right estate planning lawyer will offer insights and advice that you might not have otherwise considered.

Too many of us wait until we’re forced by circumstances to develop an estate plan, but hasty estate planning can sometimes be disastrous. Let an attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin help you with estate planning – beginning now.

Call the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin to Learn More

You’ve just read a general, brief introduction to trusts, but now you will need personalized guidance and advice. To learn more, call the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin at 718-306-9162, or use the contact form here on our website to arrange a meeting with a Bronx trust lawyer.

Your first consultation with us is provided at no cost and without obligation. The Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin has two convenient locations in the Bronx – at 2980 Bruckner Boulevard and at 3561 East Tremont Avenue. It costs nothing to learn more about your estate planning options.