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While exploring your options for estate planning, you may have heard the term Sweetheart Trust. The name has a nice ring to it, and these kinds of trusts are great for couples thinking about their own future in addition to their loved ones’ futures. Let’s take a quick look at how sweetheart trusts can work best for you, your spouse, and your loved ones.
The term can refer to a variety of trust structures, but Sweetheart Trusts are focused on giving the surviving spouse control over your assets upon your passing. The assets remain in the trust for the surviving spouse’s lifetime. If the surviving spouse is given Full Control, he or she can modify the trust easily without legal difficulty which sometimes includes adding or removing beneficiaries. Sweetheart Trust further stipulate that while both spouses are living, either person can revoke their shares of the trusts.
Sweetheart trusts are not right for every estate planning situation. No matter what your estate planning goals are, it’s essential to find a trusted, experienced estate planning attorney. If you are looking to set up an estate plan or modify an existing plan, get in touch with Christina Weed at Mendes Weed, LLP today.
Christina Weed has worked with clients in San Francisco, the East Bay, and throughout the United States. As a licensed attorney with an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy, Christina offers a unique combined focus on Trusts & Estates, Tax Law, Tax Litigation, and Business Law. Christina is Chair of the Tax Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and is also a member of the Estate Planning Council Diablo Valley and the Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council.
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