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Do I need an attorney to create a Living Trust?

For most, the answer is probably not. Today you can go into any online/offline stationary store and purchase a living trust template. Then you just need to fill it out, sign, notarize and store it securely. As events happen in your life (asset purchase, child’s birth, marriage, etc) you would open the template and fill out all the details again, including any updates. Then again you would need to sign, notarize and store it securely.

The trust process is trivial for most people as it primarily requires assigning beneficiaries and transferring title of your assets from your individual name to your living trust. For anyone that is seeking legal advice or has an overly complicated estate, an attorney is highly recommended.

Dynasty Trusts platform allows you to quickly create a Digital Living Trust online that is perfectly for most people. If you have more advanced needs, Dynasty White Glove Plan offers more customized solutions such as converting existing paper trusts, trustee services, and much more.

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What is a Trust?

A Living Trust is a financial tool that lets you plan, organize, and protect your life. It’s a personal entity that allows you to add assets and plan out your inheritance. Eliminating legal battles, cost, and time spent by your loved ones. 

Think of it like a personal LLC that you put everything you own in. Except it doesn’t protect you from liability like an LLC does, it protects you from probate and conservatorship. 

Probate is the complicated court process (12-18 months) where a judge decides what happens to your assets after you die, become incapacitated, or are “deemed” incapable. Creating a living trust allows your assets to completely circumvent probate and immediately transfer to your loved ones. 

In addition to being able to name heirs (your beneficiaries), a Trust also allows you to assign someone to manage it (your successor trustee). Instead of going through probate, your Successor Trustee takes control of the Trust, handles your affairs, and distributes your assets according to your instructions. The person you select as Successor Trustee should be your most trusted person. Like a best friend or closest family member.

At Dynasty, we believe everyone should have a Living Trust. If you have children, assets, or plan to acquire assets in the future, you should create a Trust. That way when you buy your next home, open a bank or brokerage account, get startup shares, etc. – you can immediately title them in your trust.