In our last publication, we discussed Living Trust as a tool for Estate
Planning, which addresses the concerns of people who intend to ‘put their
houses in order’ in the event that any of life’s occurrences play out. Another
option or tool which can be considered is a Testamentary Trust.
What is a Testamentary Trust?
Testamentary trusts are express trusts created under a Will by the Settlor/Testator.
A Settlor/Testator is the person who establishes a Trust/Will and legally transfers control of his/her assets to a trustee, who manages it for one or more beneficiaries.
Under a Testamentary Trust, the trust does not come into force until after the settlor’s demise. However, changes to the trust can only occur during the lifetime of the settlor.
A trustee is appointed and named in the Will and, once the process of administration on death has been completed, the executors of the Will transfer the property of the deceased person (settlor) to the trustee(s) and the testamentary trust then comes into force.
The beauty of a Testamentary Trust is that it ensures that the testator’s legacy can endure in future generations as instructions can be given to the Trustee to make payments not only to existing beneficiaries but even to grandchildren and beyond, depending on the size and circumstances of the Estate.
Other advantages of a Testamentary Trust include:
- Protection of assets from creditors.
- Safe guarding the rights of beneficiaries, such as minors who are unable to manage their finances, beneficiaries with special needs or those who have other challenges.
- Shielding the assets from family law disputes.
must be stated that a Testamentary Trust will require a grant of Probate to
take effect, thus, we can work with you to ease the process through leverage on
our partnerships, while providing advice on the best options for you. Please
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