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How a trust can help you avoid the probate process

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2023

Probate is a court process that occurs after a person’s death to validate their will, settle their debts and distribute their assets to the rightful beneficiaries or heirs. While a will sounds like an ideal way to pass your estate to loved ones, the probate process is not without its challenges.

First, it can be a time-consuming, expensive and public process that can put the beneficiaries in a tight situation during an already emotional period. On top of that, your loved ones must wait for the probate process to end to fully enjoy their inheritance. 

Fortunately, you can avoid the probate process using a trust. It’s a more efficient, private and customizable estate planning tool that can ensure your wishes are carried out smoothly. In other words, you can achieve similar results with a trust as you would with a will and avoid the probate pitfalls.

Assets in a trust do not go through probate

When you establish a trust and put assets in it, the legal ownership of these assets transfers to the trust. They are no longer considered part of your estate and do not need to go through probate.

When the time comes, the individual or entity administering the trust (the trustee) takes charge, ensuring that the assets are distributed according to the terms of the trust document. This ensures an easier, faster and more private process for your loved ones.

Make informed estate planning decisions

While trusts offer a multitude of benefits, making informed decisions is paramount. Remember, estate planning is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Your financial situation, family dynamics and personal aspirations are distinct, and a well-constructed trust should reflect that individuality. 

Exploring your options and seeking legal guidance can help you create a comprehensive estate plan that maximizes the preservation of your legacy and protects your loved ones’ interests.