WILLS & TRUSTS: TRUSTS

A trust is a legal entity which transfers property or assets to a manager or "trustee". The person who creates the trust, or "trustor", determines how the trust's proceeds should be distributed and the trustee manages the property for the beneficiary.

The major types of trust are:

    Living Trusts. A trust established during the life of the trustor. It can provide significant tax benefits, and can allow the trustor to avoid estate taxes. A revocable living trust can be changed or ended by the trustor, while an irrevocable trust cannot be ended by the trustor without court action.

    Testamentary Trusts. Testamentary trusts take effect upon the death of the trustor, who can make changes to its details at any time before death. A testamentary trust therefore allows the trustor to maintain close control over their property.  

Special Needs Trust. A special needs trust provides benefits for your disabled beneficiary without disqualifying him or her from receiving government benefits.

Contact a Iowa Trust & Wills lawyer representing clients in Norwalk, Iowa today to schedule your initial consultation.

There are many other types of trusts, tailored to specific local laws and individual situations. A trust can be an important part of your estate planning, but the complex nature of these legal entities and the variation between them means that you should consult an experienced attorney before establishing a trust of any kind.


If you would like to schedule a initial consultation contact an Iowa probate attorney, representing clients in Norwalk, Iowa at Howes & Anderson P.C. Give us a call at (515) 225-9000 or complete our inquiry form.