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Estate planning tips for collectors

Individuals who like to collect valuables may have to work a little harder to ensure that their estate plan accounts for those items. This is because payment and other records may not be found on tax returns or other formal statements. Therefore, North Carolina residents and others may want to use computer software to inventory their items. It may also be a good idea to use software to keep track of appraisals or other records related to an object.

A DAPT could be a powerful estate planning tool

An estate planning tool called domestic asset protection trusts (DAPTs) may make it possible to minimize income and estate taxes. The DAPT is a self-settled irrevocable trust, which means that a person can both create it and be a beneficiary. However, the trustee must reside in a state such as North Carolina that allows one to be created. While the trustee is generally a financial institution, it generally doesn't manage the trust's investments.

How trusts can help most people

There are many different types of trusts that North Carolina residents can have as part of their estate plan. The most common one is a grantor trust, and it makes it possible for assets to avoid probate in the event that the settlor passes away. While alive, an individual can be a trustee and a beneficiary. In fact, the individual who creates the trust can also revoke it at any point.

Setting money aside for life after reanimation

North Carolina residents who have ever contemplated cryonics may be interested to learn that there is an estate planning solution for them. For some people, the idea of having their body scientifically frozen when they die with the hopes that it could be revived one day in the future is a viable option. One concern that they may have is how they will be able to afford to live after being revived if they have no access to funds. The answer is a revival trust.

How family dynamics make estate planning tough

Family dynamics can complicate the process of estate planning in North Carolina and around the country. According to a survey from Key Private Bank, 77 percent of respondents said that this was the toughest issue for their clients to overcome. Those who took part in the survey had clients with at least $2 million in assets. While emotions can be hard to account for in an estate plan, 43 percent of respondents said that it was worse to not have a plan at all.

Estate plans with revocable trusts

One reason North Carolina residents may want to include revocable trusts in their estate plans is to make sure that their assets are distributed in accordance with their wishes. There are many ways the distribution can be handled. The grantor can opt to use a different trust for each beneficiary. Assets can also be distributed all at once, apportioned into equal or unequal parts, allocated to favorite charities, held in a trust to be used by great-grandchildren and more.

How making an estate plan can benefit people

Some Charlotte residents may not immediately recognize why they need an estate plan. While marriage and children prompt many to consider the future of their assets and how to distribute them, younger or single people may not see the need for a will, trusts or other estate documents. This is especially true for people who are not particularly wealthy. However, there are a number of reasons why people of all backgrounds may want to consider an estate plan to benefit themselves and those they love.

The importance of an estate plan

People in North Carolina should strongly consider developing an estate plan, even if they do not have any children or close relatives. An estate plan can be very useful in helping people to manage their assets and prepare for the unexpected events that may occur in their life.

Balance secrecy with trust beneficiaries' right to know

Trusts provide vehicles for people in North Carolina to pass on assets to heirs. Benefactors sometimes want to keep these trusts secret, at least for a time, so that younger heirs will not grow up with the expectation of receiving a large inheritance. Concerns about young people developing a spoiled attitude or wasting their lives prompt benefactors to withhold information from their heirs. The law, however, could likely require some form of disclosure eventually.

The tools that can help organize an estate

Everyone currently living in North Carolina and everywhere else in America will die one day. Therefore, it is worth taking time now to plan for what happens to everything left behind when that happens. Basic estate plan tactics include creating a will and designating an executor. An executor can be a friend, family member or any other trusted person, and it is possible to have more than one executive.

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