Instead of creating two separate living trusts, couples can choose to make a Joint Living Trust. It can either be revocable or irrevocable.
There are many advantages to putting your joint assets into a living trust. They include more privacy, more flexibility in asset management, and reduced probate expenses.
With a Joint Revocable Living Trust, couples can transfer their assets to their beneficiaries with relative ease. Your assets are placed into the trust but can be added and removed as you desire.
However, since the assets are not locked as they would be in an irrevocable trust, estate taxes will still apply. Even though you and your spouse's assets are in a trust, you're still technically considered the owners. This is not the case with an irrevocable trust, where the grantors can also be the trustees of the trust, in which case they do not have to be compensated.
Depending on your state, a Joint Revocable Living Trust may also be known as:
Inter Vivos Trust
Both married and unmarried couples can create a Joint Revocable Living Trust. In any event, both individuals should state in the document whether they live together or separately. They also get to designate a trustee for the assets. Often, the grantor is also the trustee, but they can appoint alternative trustees if they become incapacitated.
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Before creating a Joint Revocable Living Trust, you must decide on your asset management. With the details in hand, you can trust 360 Legal Forms to create a document complying with federal and local statutes.
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Grantors' information: Legal names and addresses of the trust and marital status of the two creators.
Trustees' information: Legal names and addresses of the designated trustees.
Beneficiaries' information: Legal names and addresses of all the beneficiaries of the living trust.
Name of the trust: Give the trust a name, which can be as straightforward as both the grantors' names.
Terms of the trust: Describe how the trust is to be administered in the grantors' lifetime and if one or both pass away.
Property division: Instructions on how the assets are to be divided among the beneficiaries.
Insurance policy information: Any insurance policies and retirement plans to be included.
Signatures: Both grantors must sign the document for it to be valid.
Grantor: A person who creates the living trust.
Trustee: A person who manages the living trust.
Beneficiary: A person who receives the assets and any income distributions.
Fiduciary duty: Where one person is to act in the best interests of another.
Estate: A person's possessions and assets.
Probate: This is a legal process to review and carry out a will, including the estate distribution, if there is no will.
An essential part before signing is to review the Joint Revocable Living Trust document with care. You and your partner must sign the document simultaneously and have it witnessed by a notary public.
After you get the document notarized, you can complete all the accompanying paperwork to transfer the assets to the trust. You might also need a Certificate of Trust, which is to be signed by the trustee and establishes their authority. In most states, you're not required to register the trust with the court or county recorder, making it non-public information.
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