End-of-life care is not always the most comfortable topic to discuss, but it is a necessary aspect to consider when seniors are coordinating their finances. Estate planning for seniors should not be a challenging subject, but many people find it hard to keep track of all the elements that asset protection can involve. From trusts to tax reduction and everything else in between, asset protection for seniors can be a simple process for many seniors. It bodes well to consider this topic sooner rather than later, but it is never too late to kick into asset protection mode. Here are a few of the topics to discuss with an estate planning attorney when learning about asset protection for seniors:
There are many different types of trusts that are created for a wide variety of purposes. One of the most common trusts is a Testamentary Trust which is typically set up for a young child, a relative with a disability, or any other person who inherits a large sum of money upon the death of a testator. This type of trust is commonly contained in a will which provides how the estate or part of an estate is to be distributed. Sometimes it is preceded and enacted by a life insurance policy that was held by the person who is establishing the trust. Sometimes there is more than just one testamentary trust set up with one will. Many times this type of trust is set up when there are large amounts of money that are to be distributed to minor children or young adults. The trust will be set up so that the child(ren) have someone else who will be responsible for handling the money until the child becomes mature enough to handle it responsibly.