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What are revocable and irrevocable trusts?

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2022 | Estate Planning And Probate

Setting up your estate plan is one of the most important tasks you have as an adult. This involves more than just writing a will. There are several other components that you need to think about when you’re getting ready to create your estate plan.

For some people, establishing trusts is one of the best ways that they can pass down assets to their beneficiaries. As you’re going over the different types of trusts, you should know that all trusts are classified as either revocable or irrevocable.

Creditors can make claims against a revocable trust, but the contents of an irrevocable trust are protected from those claims. This is because the trust’s creator has control over the revocable trust, but they don’t have any control over the contents of an irrevocable trust. The irrevocable trust is ideal for people who are in high-risk professions or who are likely to have claims brought against them.

Can you change the terms of the trust?

You can change the terms of a revocable trust, but you can’t change an irrevocable trust unless you can get all of the beneficiaries to agree to the changes that you want to make. You have to ensure that you balance these points so you can make the decision you feel is best for your loved ones.

Putting together your estate plan doesn’t have to be too difficult if you’re working with someone who’s familiar with this area of the law. As you’re setting everything up, make sure you’re thinking about what’s important to you so you can get everything put into place now.