How to Set Up a Trust in Florida

Setting up a trust

If you’re planning for your estate in Florida, you might want to consider setting up a living trust. A living trust is one way to make things easier for your family after you die, but it’s not for everyone. That’s why it makes sense to talk to an experienced financial advisor before you make any big decisions about your estate. Here, we offer some facts about setting up a living trust in Florida.

What is a living trust?

A legal framework in which you can place assets and property, a trust is established by a document. When placed in the ownership of a trustee, this document gives that person control of the assets in the trust and their distribution. There are irrevocable trusts, which are inflexible and cannot be modified without permission from everyone named in the trust, and revocable trusts, which allow the grantor to remove property and make modifications as needed.

What are some of the benefits of a living trust?

When you create a living trust, you make things easier for your family after your death. Properties are not subject to probate, a legal process that can be quite time-consuming. A living trust also allows you to avoid conservatorship if you become incapacitated. Another benefit is that it allows you to leave assets to a minor child. Until the child reaches legal age, the trustee will take ownership of the assets.

Are there any conditions specific to Florida to consider?

In Florida, the estate process is less complicated than it is in some other states. Florida uses the Uniform Probate code and offers a simplified probate process for estates with a net value of less than $75,000 and doesn’t include real estate. It’s beneficial to speak to an attorney to determine how to manage your estate.

How is a living trust established?

To set up a living trust, you’ll choose the type of trust you’ll need, take a thorough inventory of your property, and choose a trustee. Then you’ll need to draw up the trust document and sign it in front of a notary public. After that, you’ll fund the trust by transferring property into the trust. An attorney can help you write the trust and fund it.

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