Why Do I Need a Trust?

There are some simple estate planning techniques that you can use, such as adding beneficiaries to your retirement accounts or adding transfer on death (TOD) designations to after-tax accounts. When you pass away these assets will avoid probate and can be transferred directly to the listed beneficiary. Once the beneficiary receives the proceeds, they can do whatever they like with the funds.

If having assets distributed outright to a beneficiary could cause potential problems, there are several reasons to think about creating a trust.

Conditions on Distributions

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