One of the principal goals of any revocable living trust is to avoid probate and the costs and delays associated with it, with the general rule being that the more an asset is worth, the more it will cost your estate on probate fees. It follows therefore that you should, at the very least, consider transferring your most valuable assets to you revocable living trust. However, it is entirely up to you to decide to transfer assets to a living trust, and which assets to include or leave out of your revocable living trust.
You are free to transfer assets to a living trust as you please, including assets such as your home and other real estate, bank and saving accounts, investments, business interests, antiques, jewelry, personal belongings, royalties, patents, copyrights, stocks, bonds and other securities, money market accounts and so on.
In deciding to transfer assets to a living trust, always bear in mind that where you are acting as both the grantor and trustee of your own trust, you always have the right to call for the return of any assets you transfer into the revocable living trust.
The reality is that you don’t need to put everything into your revocable living trust in order to save money on probate. For example, there is no need to include items in your revocable living trust which can pass to designated beneficiaries automatically and outside of the probate net. Such assets include jointly held assets, pay on death accounts, transfer on death securities, insurance proceeds, etc. Remember, you are free to transfer assets to a living trust at your discretion and to also demand a return of those assets at your discretion.
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For more information on revocable living trusts, check out some of the other articles on our website and our discussion forum.
Alternatively, if you would like some more in-depth information on living trusts, check out our Living Trust Kit and our book Make Your Own Living Trust and Avoid Probate. Each will guide you step-by-step through the matters you need to consider when making a living trust. You’ll learn all you need to know about living trusts, their advantages and disadvantages, the tax implications, the alternatives to living trusts and, of course, how to easily make your own. With detailed information, easy-to-follow instructions, helpful worksheets and all of the forms necessary, we show both individuals and couples how to avoid the otherwise inevitable delays and costs of probate by preparing a revocable living trust and using other simple probate avoidance strategies.
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