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Revocable living trusts can offer privacy benefits

The reasons that people choose to use certain estate planning tools rather than others are often unique to each person. Some individuals may feel that a simple will is enough because they do not have many assets, and some Arkansas residents may feel that trusts would help them protect their assets and express their wishes. Of course, they must determine what type of trust would work for them.

Who can have control over trusts after a person's passing?

The estate planning tools that Arkansas residents use may differ depending on the specific details of their estates and their lives. However, it is usually a beneficial step to consider using trusts as part of these plans. This tool can provide a greater sense of control over assets while also providing extra protection.

Don't forget the pour-over will when creating trusts

Arkansas residents often choose different estate planning tools to help them get their final affairs in order. Some parties may choose to plan simply, and others may want to ensure that they leave behind as many details as possible. Trusts are commonly used in these plans and have many benefits, but it is important to remember that other tools can help ensure that they work as intended.

Trusts may be helpful in Arkansas estate planning

Estate planning is crucial for every adult to consider. Having these documents in place help Arkansas residents to ensure their loved ones will be taken care of when they're no longer here. Part of a complete estate plan may mean the inclusions of different trusts that could serve specific purposes.

It's necessary to properly title assets in estate planning

When an individual decides to write an estate plan, there are certain things he or she should know for the plan to be truly complete. For estate planning to be effective, Arkansas residents need to be sure that assets are titled properly — something with which a lawyer can help. Testators who want their assets distributed as they wish need to ensure this step takes place.

Are trusts just as useful as wills?

Wills are perhaps the most well-known estate planning tools in Arkansas. However, they are far from the only option available to those who are ready to plan for the future. Trusts can also be a great option for many people, and in some cases may even be a better choice than using a will.

The wealthy are not the only ones who can benefit from trusts

Estate planning is an important process for people of all income levels. Some people believe they do not need an estate plan or that perhaps all they need is a basic will because they are not rich and do not own significantly valuable assets. While a will is a good place to start, that is not all that a person may need for full legal protection. Trusts are an important tool that can benefit people who are not necessarily wealthy.

Trusts can help to prepare for life's unforeseen events

Disasters happen, and being prepared for them can mean the difference between leaving family members more despondent than they would be or having them breathe a collective sigh of relief. One of the ways Arkansas residents can be prepared for unforeseen events is by setting up trusts. A trust will likely round out an all-encompassing estate plan, which could also include a will and power of attorney.

Inter vivos versus testamentary trusts

Estate planning can be a little confusing. For instance, what is the difference between inter vivos and testamentary trusts? For Arkansas residents thinking about writing their estate plans, understanding these distinctions and how they play into planning is essential in maintaining control of the trust -- even, in many respects, after death. Inter vivos trusts are created while the grantor is alive and is not necessarily governed by a will, while a testamentary trust is one whose directives are included in and are a part of the will of a decedent.

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