How Can an Irrevocable Trust Benefit You? Part 1

Estate Tax Protection

Insurance, real estate, brokerage and bank accounts, and other personal property can be transferred to your irrevocable trust to insulate the assets in your trust from inclusion in your estate when determining estate tax liability.

Capital Gains/Income Tax Protection

A Charitable Remainder Trust, for example, can sell appreciated assets and not pay capital gains taxes. This type of trust can then pay an annual annuity or a percentage of the principal back to you for the rest of your life, and the remainder goes to the charity, while you receive a current tax deduction for the contribution.

Asset Protection

You may want to ensure that your real estate, business property, or liquid investments are protected from the reach of creditors, frivolous lawsuits, or divorce. An irrevocable trust can be designed to protect such assets within the context of the laws of the jurisdiction in which it is created. These kinds of trusts can be created for your benefit, and/or for the benefit of your children.

In the next installment, we will be discussing special needs planning and lifetime asset protection for elder care.

If you are looking for asset protection in any of these categories, feel free to contact us at (203) 651-5521.