Would a spendthrift trust help achieve your estate planning goals?
Abstract: A person doesn’t have to hold onto assets until the day he or she dies with the hope that heirs will change their ways by that time. Instead, consider using a spendthrift trust that can provide protection, regardless of how long the person lives. As with other trusts, a spendthrift trust may incorporate various tax benefits, but that’s not its primary focus. Regardless of whether estate tax reform is enacted in the near future, this trust type can help provide for an heir while protecting assets from his or her potentially imprudent actions. This article details how a spendthrift trust works and the importance of the role of trustee.