As you plan for your own and your family's financial future, you may be considering the creation of a trust. If you decide a trust is needed, either during your lifetime or in your will, you will have to choose a trustee to administer it. A trust is a legal arrangement that transfers property to a trustee, who manages it for the benefit of the individuals you name. The law sets high standards that every trustee must meet. You can choose almost anyone to serve as your trustee-- a family member, a ... [Continue Reading]
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A credit shelter trust is an irrevocable trust established after the death of a married spouse for benefit of the surviving spouse. The primary purpose is to shelter the deceased spouse’s available credit against the estate tax. Do We Need A Credit Shelter Trust? There is an unlimited estate tax deduction for property left to a surviving spouse. This eliminates any estate tax when the first spouse dies, but may not protect the property from estate tax when the surviving spouse dies. How ... [Continue Reading]