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10 Reasons to Start a Trust


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Eliminate Family Feuds

Trusts can minimize possible conflict between heirs when an estate is being settled. They are highly customizable, allowing grantors to tailor the document to the needs of their own situations. A grantor can detail the exact items and monetary amounts to be left to each beneficiary. This is particularly helpful when dividing items that heirs may argue over, or items that may have sentimental value. A grantor can decide to leave, for example, a painting to a child who particularly appreciated it, an item of furniture to a relative who is a collector and a car to a grandchild who admired it. With all of the specifics spelled out, heirs have little reason to argue over "who gets what." Trusts offer more control than wills in complex family situations, such as when leaving assets to a married beneficiary. Unlike a will, a trust can be customized so that a beneficiary's spouse cannot gain access to the inheritance without the beneficiary's consent.


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