Testamentary Trusts

Since probate avoidance is typically not a concern if you are a Pennsylvania resident and only have Pennsylvania property, a living trust is usually not recommended. Revocable living trusts are more expensive than a will, and are usually more complicated.

Revocable living trusts are useful in some situations, but they are not recommended simply to avoid probate, which is not burdensome in Pennsylvania.

Trusts can provide a controlled inheritance – give what you want, to whom you want, when you want – and protect your beneficiaries from themselves and others (think creditors, divorce, bankruptcy, high risk professions, spendthrift kids, etc.).

If our clients are interested in controlled inheritances, we can often write a trust in the will. This is called a testamentary trust. The trust is not actually established until you die. The instructions for the trust are written into your will, and once your will is probated, the assets that you direct go into the trust. At that point, your options are unlimited – perhaps you want to give a yearly percentage of assets to a child, or maybe provide only for their education and health.

Testamentary trusts are more economical than a living trust, and they often make sense for many clients.

To determine what type of trust is right for you, give us a call now at (215) 706-0200 or email info@jawatlaw.com. We can schedule your complementary consultation right now.