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The cost for living trust typically varies from less than 1% to up to 5% of the worth of the assets. It comprises fees for a lawyer, accountant, or trust officer that the trustee will employ to assist with the distribution of the assets and other belongings.

Understanding the Cost of Establishing a Living Trust

A living trust is a statutory document summarizing how individuals want their property and assets controlled after their demise. This document is prepared and becomes effective during their lifetime. One can put assets in a living trust to be allocated to the heirs upon death. This living trust can be modified or changed throughout their life, providing full authority and flexibility over their assets and other valuable possessions.

In addition, to ensure you always create a legally binding living trust that remains compliant with state and national regulations, it is better to get help from a probate lawyer to draft your living trust document. Each state has its requirements that make a revocable living trust valid. The average cost of establishing a living trust by hiring an attorney is roughly $1,500 - $2,500 in all states in the USA. Besides, these living trusts allow you to avoid probate, manage your assets, and make the allocation of the belongings more effortless for the inheritors. The factors that affect the cost of setting up a living trust are as follows:

  • Number of assets to be reallocated
  • The objective of the trust
  • The intricacy of the estate plan
  • Your financial and tax affairs
  • How and when are the assets to be assigned
  • Designating a person to handle assets for minor kids
  • Provisions of the living trust
  • Value of your estate

What Is a Living Trust and How Does It Work?

A living trust is a lawful arrangement specified by a person (the grantor) during their lifetime to safeguard their assets and control their property allocation after the grantor's demise. It is an estate planning mechanism that can help beneficiaries and family members avoid a lengthy, general, complicated, and sometimes expensive probate procedure. In addition, a living trust is a document that lays out the trust provisions and the assets the grantor transfers to it. The grantor appoints a trustee as the person (or entity) who, at a specific point, will handle those assets for the profit of the heirs.

Additionally, living trusts are important because they let a trustee handle the assets and other valuable possessions in the trust and share them with inheritors after the grantor's death. They start with setting a trust instrument during the asset grantor's lifetime. It is a lawful paper that specifies the regulations and prerequisites of the trust. Due to their significance and possible intricacy, those negotiating for a living trust usually work with professional estate planning experts to ensure a proper setup. Once the living trust is made, the grantor determines what assets should be in it and then shares the title of those assets and valuable belongings with the trust.

Living trusts are governed by a trustee who normally maintains a fiduciary responsibility to handle the trust thoughtfully and in the best interests of the named heirs. Inheritors are appointed by the grantor when they make the living trust. Upon the grantor's demise, these assets move to the heirs according to the grantor's desires, as summarized in the trust contract. A living trust itself can be termed as the inheritor of specific assets which would otherwise move directly to the named heir (regardless of what is expressed in a will).

Unlike a living will, a living trust comes into effect while the grantor is living. Moreover, the trust does not have to move through probate for assets to reach the intended inheritors when the grantor departs or becomes mentally challenged.

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Types of Living Trust

Below are the two primary types of living trusts that you might come across:

  • Revocable Living Trust

    A revocable living trust is the most common classification of a living trust. It is a trust whereby the person who makes it (the grantor) controls the assets and other valuable belongings specified within the trust. Moreover, after creating a trust, the grantor can appoint themself as the trustee. They can modify and amend trust authorities anytime and are free to change inheritors, remove assets, change trustees, or discontinue the trust.

    Revocable living trusts are usually used to guard the grantor's assets and other possessions should they become unwell or incapable of controlling them. In this case, the successor trustee will make choices for the grantor, and revocable living trusts usually become irrevocable upon the maker's demise.

  • Irrevocable Living Trust

    When creating an irrevocable living trust, the trust possesses the assets and other possessions, and the grantor cannot appoint themself as the trustee. Therefore, the grantor loses specific ownership of authority over the trust, and the trustee effectively becomes the lawful owner. Once an irrevocable living trust is made, the designated beneficiaries are specified, and the grantor can work a bit to amend that contract.

    Trust prerequisites are modified in specific circumstances, which may need the court's approval. In addition, you can never take back the assets allocated to an irrevocable living trust. There are advantages to owning an irrevocable living trust as it safeguards its assets from suits and creditors, making it especially useful to experts who may be vulnerable to litigation, such as attorneys or doctors.

Key Terms

  • Beneficiary: A named individual or business accepts a benefit (useful asset or outright) through the allocation plan in your trust or, depending on the worth of your inheritance and your last will.
  • Custodianship: This court-administered procedure allows an organization or individual to have custody of a person or child who is still a minor, under the age of the specified distribution, or deemed incapable of obtaining profits from an inheritance in probate.


A living trust can be an exceptionally significant legal structure for individuals with assets they wish to manage and guard during their lifetimes and beyond. Generally, it delivers those who found and financed them, the makers, the authority to control and profit from their assets while living and supervise how they should get allocated once they've departed. If you are looking for dependable attorneys to help create your living trust, our lawyers at ContractsCounsel can assist you. To seek our assistance, all you need to do is post a project, and we will reach out to you in no time.

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