Trusts can be an efficient way to provide the next generation with a financial legacy — but that’s not all. Here, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management explores some of the lesser-known benefits of trusts.
Many people assume that trusts are only for the very wealthy. That is not the case. “Trusts are tools that give you very specific control over how your wealth is used and protected, no matter how much money you have,” says Kevin Hindman, managing director and national trust executive at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. They can be set up while you are alive to provide for the management of assets in the event that you or a loved one becomes incapacitated — a valid concern given our increasing life spans and the prevalence of conditions like Alzheimer’s. But they are also very useful as a way to help ensure that your money is distributed as you wish after you are gone. Here are three potential benefits to consider.
More control. You can use a trust to set rules or conditions about when and how your beneficiaries will receive their inheritance. For instance, if you prefer that your son pursue a professional degree or start a career rather than buy sports cars, you could establish a trust that sets a specific age or milestone, like graduating from law school, or turning 30, before the money is made available. Trusts can also help you reach charitable goals or improve tax efficiency.
A measure of protection. Trusts can help ensure that your children, grandchildren or other loved ones receive their inheritance if you divorce or remarry. They can also help shield assets if you or your heirs are in professions, such as surgery, that come with a high risk of litigation.
Investment guidance. A trust lets you designate a professional money manager, so if loved ones can no longer handle investments, family property or a business, they might be protected from costly mistakes. The same goes for heirs who are too young to invest and manage an inheritance.
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