With a federal basic exclusion amount of $11,400,000 per person, and further inflation adjustments coming every January 1, the uninformed might wonder whether trusts are still relevant in planning. For the thoughtful and informed advisor, however, there is no question but that trusts remain the vehicle of choice for most clients. Consider, for example, that even beyond the scheduled sunset of this generous exclusion on January 1, 2026 (as well as the fact that a significant minority of states still impose estate taxes at much lower thresholds), trusts can protect against creditors, ensure professional investment management, limit overspending by immature beneficiaries, and allow the grantor to designate who might benefit from his or her largess. These points, as well as a number of other benefits to the continuing use of trusts in planning will be explored in detail in this session.
1. Attendees will learn how trusts can be beneficial in furthering clients' planning objectives, beyond simply saving estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes.
2. Attendees will learn the various alternative ways of structuring clients' trusts to achieve these planning objectives, including the positive and negative considerations for each such alternative.