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Protecting a child’s inheritance

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2022 | Blog |

Ensuring that your wealth isn’t exposed to creditors, divorce or taxes can be achieved by registering a legal trust. Every estate is subject to liabilities, but there are legal ways to reduce or eliminate your financial risks. One of the great risks that estate owners face deals with how an inheritance is administered to heirs or how they ultimately use it. Though your beneficiaries are entitled to what you give them, there’s a way to dictate how they access money in New Jersey.

What remains in the trust

Consider if a child marries while they’re a beneficiary of your assets. In some cases, a divorce could require their accounts, which include any inheritances, to be liquidated. However, with the help of estate planning, an inheritance placed into a trust remains hedged. To be hedged is to be protected from financial liabilities or poor spending habits.

More options with an irrevocable status

To protect your children’s inheritances to the fullest extent, an irrevocable trust may be beneficial. When a trust is revocable, it means that loopholes will exist for public interest to potentially obtain assets from the trust. An irrevocable trust doesn’t have this type of exposure. By being irrevocable, which means unchanging, you get the highest level of legal protection. Estate planning with an irrevocable trust allows you to answer for the future obstacles of your kids.

Advantage of a trustee

A trust isn’t as much of an account as it is an agreement. The arrangement is between the trust’s creator, their trustee and named beneficiaries. Beneficiaries receive trust assets while the creator of the trust outlines how. In the middle of these two people is the trustee. This person manages the assets of a trust and prepares its beneficiaries.

Estate planning in New Jersey

There are many ways to use a trust to protect assets. Some trusts deal with special needs while others protect assets for Medicaid eligibility. You can be even more specific by registering a trust to hedge life insurance annuities, which can be bequeathed to children later on.