When it comes to estate planning, there are many options available to individuals. One of the most popular choices is between creating a will or setting up a trust. Both of these documents are important for ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you pass away. But which one is better for residents of Georgia? In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between wills and trusts and discuss why a trust may be the better option for Georgians.
What Is a Will?
A will is a legal document that outlines how you would like your assets to be distributed after you pass away. It also allows you to name an executor who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes and ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your instructions. Wills can also be used to name guardians for minor children and appoint someone to manage their finances until they reach adulthood.
What Is a Trust?
A trust is an entity created by an individual (the “grantor”) that holds assets on behalf of another person or entity (the “beneficiary”). The grantor can specify how the assets should be managed and distributed, as well as who should receive them upon their death. Unlike wills, trusts do not have to go through probate court, which can save time and money when distributing assets after death.
Advantages of Trusts Over Wills in Georgia
There are several advantages that trusts offer over wills in Georgia:
- Avoid Probate: As mentioned above, trusts do not have to go through probate court, which can save time and money when distributing assets after death. This can also help ensure that your wishes are carried out more quickly than if they had gone through probate court.
- Privacy: Wills become public record when they go through probate court, while trusts remain private documents between the grantor and beneficiary(ies). This can help protect the privacy of those involved in the estate planning process.
- Flexibility: Trusts offer more flexibility than wills because they allow you to specify how and when assets should be distributed, as well as who should receive them upon your death. This can provide peace of mind knowing that your wishes will be followed exactly as you intended them to be.
- Asset Protection: Trusts can also provide asset protection from creditors or lawsuits since they are not part of the grantor’s estate upon their death (unlike with wills). This can help ensure that beneficiaries receive their inheritance without any interference from outside parties.
In conclusion, trusts offer several advantages over wills in Georgia including avoiding probate court, providing privacy, offering flexibility with asset distribution, and providing asset protection from creditors or lawsuits. For these reasons, many Georgians choose to set up trusts rather than relying solely on wills for their estate planning needs. If you’re considering setting up an estate plan for yourself or someone else in Georgia, it may be worth considering setting up a trust instead of relying solely on a will for asset distribution after death.
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