Common Problems of Trustees in Trust Administration

Trust can serve a variety of functions such as preserving family assets, avoiding estate taxation, and keeping wealth out of the probate process.  While these invaluable legal constructs can serve to protect what you have built their management can be complicated.  Here are some common problems of trustees in trust administration. The Trustee When a… Read More »

Irrevocable Trusts and You

Trust can be a mysterious concept.  While many of us have heard of a trust, we may not understand the different types and how they may be advantageous for our circumstances.  One key consideration when planning a trust is whether it will be revocable or irrevocable.  In many cases, when an irrevocable trust is a… Read More »

Irrevocable Trust: How do they work and how can they be used?

When creating a trust, an important distinction is whether the trust will be revocable or irrevocable.  In fact, this determination can have broad-reaching tax consequences and legal ramifications.  In many cases, a properly created irrevocable trust will offer the benefit of tax savings and protection from creditors.  However, in order to benefit from an irrevocable… Read More »

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Contesting a Trust

For some, creating a trust is a valuable and important piece of their financial and estate plans.  By placing estate assets into a trust, the creator of the trust can be sure that their assets will be able to benefit certain specifically named trust beneficiaries.  Ideally, the trust will have been created in a manner… Read More »

What is an Annuity Trust?

A goal of estate planning is to protect assets while minimizing taxation.  For people who own income-producing assets, a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust, or GRAT can be an option for transferring wealth while still receiving income from those assets, and reducing taxes owed by their beneficiaries. What is a GRAT? A GRAT is an irrevocable… Read More »

What is a Michigan Domestic Asset Protection Trust?

A concern of anyone with creditors is that something may happen in their lives or to their business which will leave their personal assets depleted.  Until recently, Michigan residents did not have many ways to protect themselves from such an occurrence.  However, recently Michigan joined a growing number of states which allows domestic asset protection… Read More »

What is a Legacy Trust?

As people are preparing their estate plans, it is often the case they want to leave wealth to their loved ones.  In some fortunate cases, the person has adequate resources in their estate to set up a trust which will benefit their family for generations to come.  For people seeking to keep their assets in… Read More »

What is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?

What is an Annuity Trust

A Grantor Retained Annuity Trust, commonly called a GRAT, is a special type of irrevocable trust that minimizes the tax liability that usually accompanies intergenerational transfers of estate assets. Under a GRAT, an irrevocable trust is created for a certain term or period of time. The trust creator pays a tax when the trust is established. Assets are… Read More »