Trusts can pay for college

Trusts can pay for your children’s college or other post-secondary education. One of the things a Trust is great for is giving a Trustee the discretion to make distributions. These can over time to or for the benefit of a your child. So, your Trust can provide, “$75,000 shall be set aside for my daughter, Beth’s, post-secondary education. No more shall be distributed during a given school year than is necessary to meet her unmet budget. The unmet budget shall be as defined under Federal Student Financial Aid guidelines or substantial authoritative equivalent.”

This provision can be effective during your life, or thereafter. It works, and it is that simple.

And learn a little about financial aid budgets:


Estate planning: it’s easy – just say what you want

You are thinking about finally taking action on your estate plan. Does it seem like it will be too involved, too complicated. It’s not! In a few minutes over coffee or on the phone, I can ask you a few questions about what you want for your family. Later, I may follow up for a few details. But you may be very surprised at the ease of completing your plan. I know a lot of options. You only need to answer some very basic questions. Really! Get in touch – I want to prove it.

Why should I want a Trust?

– Rather than one-time, court-supervised liquidation or distribution, assets and funds in your Trust can be managed, for example, for the benefit of surviving spouse or for the benefit of children (and in contemplation of higher education, age, etc.), whether minors or not;

– no need to probate with the court, since your Trust is a private contract, binding the Trustee to act in accord with its provisions and defining benefits, and when or if such benefits should change; Trustee reviews assets owned by the Trust and manages, distributes or writes checks per beneficiary provisions;

– a Trust is written so that it could save you estate taxes, in the event you exceed the Unified Tax Credit; the UTC is relatively high now but I like to draft Trusts as if the threshold may come down or assets may exceed what clients anticipate;

– amending a Trust is a simple matter: Grantors should normally reserve the right and authority to amend the Trust, then amendments may be made from time to time without re-writing the entire document.