Using Trusts to Help & Protect
You and Your Family

Can you name 10 things that might unravel your estate plan?

Executive Summary

Effective estate planning recognizes risks that threaten you and your family’s wealth and helps develop strategies to minimize them. It is much more than addressing transfer taxes. We review 10 ways a good trust and estate plan can help you navigate life’s challenges.

Key Points

  • Disability - If you or a loved one becomes disabled or has special needs, a trust may be particularly effective in addressing the day-to-day tasks of bill paying and asset management. Certain trusts may provide funds while allowing for government benefits.
  • Second marriage - Marital trusts can provide adequately for the new surviving spouse while safeguarding that children from a prior marriage receive their intended inheritance.
  • Divorce - A trust can confirm that assets intended for your children or grandchildren do not wind up in the hands of a divorcing spouse.
  • Family dynamics - Trusts may help your family receive the inheritance you want them to have, in the order you want, at the time of your choosing, and in the disbursement manner you wish.
  • Creditors - A trust can help shield assets in the event of claims resulting from accidents, business failure, or professional malfeasance.


Planning for the minimization of taxes is a critical part of every wealth management plan. Trust and estate plans can also address a myriad of nontax issues that, if left unaddressed, may hinder wealth and well-being.

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