Examiner.com:  The type of trust we most commonly discuss is, without a doubt, the revocable living trust. While revocable living trusts are certainly effective in making sure that your estate avoids a lengthy and expensive probate process, they aren’t an effective way to protect your assets or accomplish other goals. The truth is that trusts and other estate planning tools serve all sorts of purposes. Today we are going to discuss a few of the objectives served by different types of estate planning vehicles. Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts

If you have a life insurance policy and die, the proceeds will be part of your estate. In some circumstances, this can result in an unnecessary tax liability. You can remove proceeds of life insurance from your estate by placing your policies into an irrevocable life insurance trust (an “ILIT”).

In many cases, ILITs are used both to own life insurance policies and to be the beneficiary of the policies. This gives you the option to make sure that insurance proceeds are held in trust and protected against irresponsible spending, creditors, or ex-spouses. It also means that you can designate proceeds to benefit your spouse, children, grandchildren, or anyone else you want to make sure is cared for.

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