A Will Including a Trust
A testamentary trust is a trust created by will and is usually a discretionary trust. The testator of a will creates a trust and directs the trustee to hold property in accordance with the terms of the trust for specified beneficiaries.
At some future time the trustee distributes the property to the beneficiaries of that trust. These trusts are often recommended by financial planners and accountants. They are very useful for parents of small children (minor beneficiaries). Testamentary trusts tend to be driven more by the needs of the beneficiaries than by tax considerations. If a testamentary trust fails, the property will usually be held on resulting trusts for the testator’s residuary estate. A trust has two main advantages for a will maker and the nominated beneficiaries asset protection; and income splitting.
A testamentary trust is a legal document that is created in a person’s will, and is occasioned by the death of that person. It is created to address any estate accumulated during that person’s lifetime or generated as a result of a postmortem lawsuit, such as a settlement in a survival claim, or the proceeds from a life insurance policy held on the settlor. A trust can be created to oversee such assets. A trustee is appointed to direct the trust until a set time when the trust expires, such as when minor beneficiaries reach a specified age or accomplish a deed such as completing a set educational goal or achieving a specified matrimonial status.
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