Setting up a Trust

Setting up a trust helps a person manage their property and assets.  In creating this fiduciary arrangement, you are assuring your property is distributed according to your wishes after you pass.

Why forming a trust is important

There are many reasons for forming a trust.  As part of a well-crafted estate plan, it provides for your family after you pass and states how they will receive their inheritance.  Additionally, a trust may ensure the avoidance of probate.  Probate is the legal process of authenticating a last will and testament, assuming the deceased has had a will prepared.

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What is a Trust

  • A Trust is an entity set up by a written document that is used to own property, including cash.
  • The written document setting up the trust is referred to as a Trust Agreement.
  • Control of the property owned by the trust is given to a Trustee.
  • Benefits of the property are given to a Beneficiary.
  • The Trustee and Beneficiary may be the same person, but this is not recommended.
  • A person who sets up the trust is called the Trustor.
  • The Trustor can be the Trustee and can also the Beneficiary, but this is not recommended.
  • Trusts may be set up when the Trustor is alive or it can be set up in the Trustor’s will.
  • A Living Trust is a revocable or irrevocable trust which is set up while the trustor is alive.
  • Testamentary Trusts are revocable or irrevocable trusts. It is set up after the Trustor is deceased and is usually set up in the Trustor’s will.
  • Trusts may be set up for estate planning purposes or to take care of a special needs child after the parents are deceased.
  • A trust can also be used for asset protection if it is used properly.

Setting up a trust in Texas

A trust can be set up by an individual, group, organization or a corporation known as the grantor.  It is established to hold assets or property for a specific person or group, which are called the beneficiary.

You may transfer real estate property into your trust.  Additional documents may be needed.

Control of a trust is overseen by a trustee.  In some cases this may be the grantor themselves or someone may be named as a grantor.  This person might be a trusted member of the family, an acquaintance or a professional.

A trust consists of:

A grantor – individual, group or organization that sets up a trust.

The beneficiary – individuals or group benefitting by the trust.

A trustee – May be the same as the grantor, or a close friend or a professional controlling the trust.

Reasons for creating a trust:

There are many benefits for creating a trust in Texas, such as:

  • It may help manage your affairs in case of disability.
  • Trusts are difficult to contest.
  • Avoids probate (where a judge determines a will’s validity) and are considered more private than wills.
  • May determine how money or assets are used by beneficiaries. Especially those that have trouble making sound financial decisions.
  • May be distributed for a specific purpose like higher education.
  • May be used to give to charities.
  • Reduces or avoids estate taxes.
  • Help determine how difficult assets should be split.

Do you have questions about Trusts?  Speak directly with attorney Scott Steinbach at 972-960-1850 for a free consultation.

The Steinbach Law Firm can prepare a Trust to help protect your assets. 

Our fee for a Trust is $950.00.

R. Scott Steinbach is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubble.  Peer rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence.

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Have questions? Get in touch!

Contact attorney Scott Steinbach directly by phone, email or message for a free consultation.

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Contact attorney Scott Steinbach directly by phone, email or message for a free consultation.