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How a charitable split-interest trust works

A charitable split-interest trust is one way that Nevada residents can donate to charity as well as providing an income for beneficiaries. These types of trusts have several other advantages as well. They can create income from properties that are not profitable because property can be placed in the trust and sold as tax-exempt. There are income tax exemptions for a charitable trust, and it can also result in a reduction in estate tax and gift tax.

How an IRA trust can protect assets

Nevada residents who are creating an estate plan may want to consider setting up an IRA trust for their retirement account. An IRA trust can protect an account from creditors. It can also specify how distributions are made to beneficiaries. This may be useful if the beneficiaries are likely to be irresponsible with money or if they are very young. For example, a person who inherits a retirement account at the age of 18 or 21 may not know how to effectively manage money.

Family communication important in estate planning

When Nevada residents are planning their estate, including their heirs in the process can be a critical part of a successful outcome. These types of conversations can be emotionally challenging, but for people with substantial assets, doing so is important for personal and family futures.

Items to cover while reviewing an estate plan

Creating an estate plan is a smart move for Nevada residents. However, it may not be enough to simply create the plan and forget about it. As both personal and professional events unfold throughout the year, a will or trust may need to be altered to reflect any changes that may have taken place. Individuals should look to see if beneficiary designations need to be changed or if the plan is still tax-efficient.

How a spendthrift trust works

Some Nevada residents who are creating an estate plan may be interested in a spendthrift trust. This trust is usually used to protect a beneficiary who is unlikely to be able to manage money responsibly. It might also protect assets from creditors and in the event of a divorce although it is important that the trust does not have the appearance of having been created specifically for those purposes.

How to handle an unfunded trust

Nevada residents may know that a trust may be an effective estate planning tool. However, the trust doesn't work as intended unless it is properly funded. Assets that were meant to go into that trust may need to be looked at to determine how they were owned and by whom. Without knowing the type of ownership of an asset, it may be impossible to determine how it can be transferred.

The uses of a funeral trust

Nevada residents who are concerned about how they might pay for their funeral may want to consider a funeral trust. Planning a funeral ahead of time may help relieve loved of having to make difficult decisions while they are also dealing with grief. A funeral trust can help take care of finances.

Duties of a trustee

Nevada residents who are creating an estate plan may want to include a trust as part of it. However, in choosing someone to act as trustee, they might also wonder what duties that person is expected to perform. Trustees are not expected to be a financial expert, but they are expected to manage the trust's assets effectively. Therefore, trustees might want to hire an investment adviser.

Protecting assets for heirs

Many Nevada residents who have substantial assets to pass to their children or grandchildren should be aware of what steps to take to ensure that their wealth is allocated in the manner they prefer. It may be beneficial for individuals to have a financial advisor work with an estate planning attorney so that their needs are fully met.

Perpetuity and the charitable trust

Nevada residents who are making an estate plan may be interested in creating a charitable trust. A charitable trust has a number of differences from other types of trusts. The first is that the charitable trust does not necessarily have to identify a beneficiary. It may simply name a purpose that broadly benefits the public.