[Infographic] Understanding Wills Versus Trusts

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Planning for your eventual demise is not a topic anyone wishes to dwell on, but it is important to take care of these details in advance to protect both your family and your estate. Setting up a proper Will or Trust ensures that the intentions—who, what, and when—of your estate are clearly laid out and can transition smoothly to your loved ones.

When you die the last thing you want to leave is a hefty tax bill. Properly managing the value of your estate ahead of time may help to lower the potential tax burden that could be placed upon your beneficiaries.

Preparing today for the uncertainty of tomorrow will help to avoid future arguments, tax burdens, and court proceedings.

Wills Vs. Trusts

Wills and trusts are two types of estate-planning tools that can help ensure your assets are protected and bequeathed to your heirs. However, the transfer process becomes more involved when passing wealth to a subsequent generation.

A will is a written document expressing a deceased person's wishes, from naming guardians of minor children to distributing assets upon death. Unlike a trust, a will must go through probate and can also be contested.

On the other hand, trusts are active the day you create them, and a grantor may list the distribution of assets before their death, unlike a will.

Nearly everyone should have a will, but not everyone needs a trust.

Which One is Right For You?

Check out our Wills Versus Trusts infographic below to understand the differences and help you start to think about which estate paperwork is best for your plan:

Wills versus trusts


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