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Funding Your Trust

Our Los Angeles Trust Attorney Can Help You Fund Your Trust

Your trust is not worth the paper it’s printed on if it is not funded. Funding is the process of titling property into the name of the trust.

Schedule “A” to your trust and your general grant and assignment will specifically assign to your trust all of your right, title, and interest in any and all of your property—but it is no substitute to the process of funding the trust.

Contact our Los Angeles trust attorney at the Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC to learn more. Call (310) 935-0706 for a consultation.

How to Fund Your Trust

This involves conveying title of your assets, one by one, into your trust. For example, your financial assets (including investment and brokerage accounts, money market accounts, CDs, mutual funds, etc.), your checking and savings accounts, and shares of stock (either physical certificates or stock held in book-entry) should be retitled into the trust.

Your real properties situated anywhere in the United States should be conveyed in the trust by recording deeds with each county recorder’s office where the property is located (this avoids probate administration in multiple states, because real estate is always subject to probate in the state where it is located, unless it is owned in trust).

Your life insurance policies where you are the insured should be updated to designate your trust as the “pay-on-death beneficiary” of the policy so that the successor trustee will be able to collect the death benefit and “pool” it into your trust, where it will be shielded from the trust beneficiaries’ creditors.

Your business entity interests (LLCs, Corps, PCs, etc.) should be assigned to the trust by separate business assignments, etc.

What Happens when a Trust Is Not Properly Funded?

If the trust is not properly funded, and assets remain in a decedent’s individual name after death, they could be subject to probate even when he/she had set up a trust. An invaluable tool to circumvent full-blown probate is having a pour-over will. This will name the trust as the sole beneficiary of the decedent’s probate estate. The executor can petition the court for an order transferring such assets back into the trust without the formality of probate.

Contact the Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC for a Consultation

The process of funding your trust can be lengthy and complex. It is a crucial step that should be carried out correctly in order to avoid the highest price—regret. To learn more about funding your trust, reach out to our trust lawyer in Los Angeles. Attorney Maria Jonsson has spent more than 15 years handling the estate planning needs of clients in Marina del Rey, Venice, and the surrounding areas; we are prepared to assist you throughout the process.

Please call (310) 935-0706 today to schedule a consultation.

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