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What is The Difference Between a Trust and a Will

Trusts and wills are distinct estate planning tools, and each can play a specific role in upholding your wishes regarding your financial legacy. Many people are confused about how trusts and wills differ from one another, and having a better understanding of the distinctions can help you better address your own estate planning needs. One of the most important steps you can take on your estate planning journey is retaining the skilled legal guidance of an experienced Tampa estate planning attorney.

How Wills and Trusts Are Similar

Wills and trusts are similar in that they both provide a means of protecting your legacy and ensuring that your assets flow to your loved ones according to your wishes while limiting any tax implications they may experience in the process. Each, however, has its own unique applications.

The Role Your Will Serve

You create your will during your lifetime, and it goes into effect at the time of your death. You can rip your will up and start again or modify it at any time – and as many times – as you’d like. The primary matters addressed in your will are likely to include the following:

Your will proceeds through probate at the time of your death, which is a complex legal process that guides the execution of these legal documents. The probate process considerably slows the flow of assets from you to those you’ve chosen to receive them. Further, a will can be contested, which can make an already legally challenging matter that much more so. Without a will, however, anything that isn’t addressed directly in a trust will be distributed according to Florida’s laws of intestacy – rather than according to your wishes.

The Role Trusts Serve

Trusts are often created in tandem with wills because they work well together. Trusts go into effect upon their creation, and they contain whatever principal – or assets – the grantor or person to whom the trust belongs includes. The revocable trust is the most common, and all the following apply:

Turn to an Experienced Tampa Estate Planning Attorney for the Help You Need Today

The esteemed Tampa estate planning attorneys at Mickey Keenan P.A. recognize the importance of your estate planning efforts and, in response, dedicate their practice to helping clients like you protect their financial legacies – in loving support of their families. Your peace of mind is our priority, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call 813-737-7148 for more information today.