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Using Multiple Trusts to Build a Lasting Legacy

June 24, 2024

Understanding the Need for Estate Planning 

Estate planning is often overlooked until it’s too late, but it’s crucial emphasize the importance of proactive planning. As we often highlight, “Studies show that 100% of us are going to pass away at some point or another.” This reality underscores the need for structured planning to avoid unnecessary taxes and ensure that assets are transferred smoothly and privately. 

The Basics: Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts 

A key component of many estate plans is the establishment of trusts. There are two main types: revocable and irrevocable trusts. 

  1. Revocable Trusts
  2. Flexibility: These trusts allow the grantor to modify, revoke, or change the trust during their lifetime. They are an excellent tool for avoiding probate and ensuring privacy. 
  3. Control: The grantor retains control over the assets, which remain part of their estate. However, this means they are subject to estate taxes. 
  4. Irrevocable Trusts
  5. Tax Efficiency: Once assets are placed in an irrevocable trust, they are removed from the grantor’s estate, which can significantly reduce estate taxes. 
  6. Asset Protection: These trusts offer strong protection against creditors and lawsuits, as the assets no longer legally belong to the grantor. 

Many of our clients utilize both types of trusts. A revocable trust serves as a foundational element, capturing assets that don’t fit into other vehicles, while an irrevocable trust provides long-term tax benefits and asset protection. 

Advanced Planning with Nevada Trusts 

For high-net-worth individuals, state-specific trusts offer additional advantages. Nevada, for example, has favorable laws for asset protection and tax planning. By establishing a Nevada trust, families can benefit from these laws, even if they reside in another state. Creating a trust in Nevada can serve similar tax planning purposes as relocating to a tax-friendly state. Of course individual circumstances will determine the degree of any benefits available to a specific situation. 

Charitable Trusts and Grantor Retained Trusts 

Beyond the basics, you may also incorporate specialized trusts to meet specific goals, such as  

  • Charitable Lead Trusts: These allow families to support charitable causes while receiving tax benefits. Funds are designated for charity, but the family retains some interest in the assets. 
  • Grantor Retained Trusts: These trusts allow the grantor to transfer assets out of their estate while still receiving income from them for a set period. This strategy is particularly useful for high-growth investments. 

The Importance of a Comprehensive Approach 

Estate planning is not a one-time event but an ongoing process that adapts to changes in the family’s circumstances and the legal landscape. Planning always works better the sooner you start. Our goal is to ensure that each plan evolves with our client’s needs, providing peace of mind and security for future generations. 

Involving the Next Generation 

A crucial aspect of our approach is involving the next generation in the planning process. By educating and engaging them early, we ensure they understand the structure and purpose of the estate plan. This approach helps them become more involved over time, reducing the burden when transitions eventually occur. 

Conclusion 

At Omni 360 Advisors LLC and Omni Legacy Law, we believe in creating detailed, flexible, and forward-thinking estate plans. Our comprehensive approach ensures that each plan not only meets the current needs of our clients but also adapts to future changes. Contact us today to start building your legacy. 


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