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Provisions to Consider when Creating Your Trust with a Troy, Michigan Trust Attorney

Posted by Andrew Byers | Feb 24, 2024 | 0 Comments

When you're working with a Troy trust attorney, it's crucial to understand what you can include in your trust document. Let's explore the variety of instructions or restrictions that can make your trust truly yours, ensuring your legacy is managed just the way you envision.

Tailoring Your Trust: A Guide to Restrictions

Creating a trust, as part of a comprehensive estate plan, allows you to set specific terms for how your assets are distributed. Whether it's encouraging educational pursuits or setting age-based milestones, your trust can reflect your values and goals. Here are some important guidelines that you may wish to consider:

Financial Milestones or Life Events

  • Educational Achievements: It's possible to specify that beneficiaries will only receive a portion of their inheritance upon completing their education.
  • Age-Based Distributions: Commonly used, these conditions release funds at significant ages, like 25 or 30.

Conditional Distributions

  • Marriage or Parenthood: You might include conditions like marriage or the birth of a child before financial distributions are made.
  • Career Achievements: Encourage professional development by tying distributions to career milestones.

Custom Clauses for Unique Families

Also keep in mind that every family is different, and your trust should reflect that as well. From incentivizing charitable giving to protecting assets from external threats, you can tailor your trust to fit your family's unique needs and values. Here are some custom guidelines that you may also wish to incorporate into your plan:

  •  Incentive Clauses
    • Charitable Giving: Motivate philanthropy by matching charitable donations made by beneficiaries.
    • Financial Responsibility: Reward responsible financial behavior, like prudent saving or investing in the terms of your trust.
  • Protection Clause
    • Spendthrift Clauses: These clauses protect your assets from a beneficiary's potential creditors, including an adult child's divorce.
    • Discretionary Trusts: Allow your trustee to make distributions based on the beneficiaries' current needs and circumstances.

Communication: The Heart of a Successful Trust

No matter what guidelines you choose, effective communication is key to a successful trust. Discussing your trust plans with your family can help manage expectations and maintain harmony.

Work with a Troy Trust Attorney to Create a Plan That Meets Your Needs

Creating a trust is a personal and important decision. With the right guidance and thoughtful planning, your trust can be a powerful tool to manage your legacy and support your loved ones. If you have more questions or need further information, feel free to contact me, Andrew Byers, at my law office in Troy, Michigan. I am an experienced estate planning attorney and I enjoy guiding my clients through these critical decisions so that they can create a comprehensive plan that protects their family and assets.  You can contact me now by using the online form or calling me directly at (248) 469-4261. On this initial call, I'll answer your preliminary questions and get some background information to make sure it's a situation I can help with. After that, you can decide if it make sense to schedule a more in-depth consultation.

About the Author

Andrew Byers

Andrew Byers' elder law practice focuses on the legal needs of older clients and their families, and works with a variety of legal tools and techniques to meet the goals and objectives of the older client. Under this holistic approach, I handle estate and longevity planning issues and counsel cli...


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