Family Law Richard E. Young & Associates

Your Advisor on - Family Law | Trust Law | Bankruptcy Law | A Master Lawyer

Tag: will

What You Should Know About A Will

Planning for the future by drafting up your will can be scary, but important! If you are starting to think about this aspect of your future and want to learn more about a will, be sure to read this month’s blog post!


When it comes to creating your will, you’ll want to create one separate from your spouse. While you are married, it’s important to keep your wills separate. Naturally you are going to have different wishes and items that belong to you alone, so it’s only natural to create a will specific to you. It is also likely that your deaths will be separate. It’s common that you and your spouse will have a will that looks similar, but ultimately slightly different. 

Close Family

Once you have your will crafted, you will want to pick an executor. Normally it’s a family member who you are close with and who you trust and can rely on. Should you find this task a bit daunting or you believe your will is more complicated than most are, it’s important you make sure your attorney is the executor. There is nothing wrong with admitting it’s not good for a family member to have this job, so be sure to make the right choice! Your attorney will also be able to help you make this choice and offer their opinion. 

Letter of Instruction

Beyond your will, you will need to create a letter of instruction. These letters are less official and binding than a will, however if your family receives the letter they should be compelled to follow it. A letter of instruction can detail the aspects of your funeral and affairs related to such. You can also include details of each item you are leaving to people. You can let them know what you hope they’ll do with it. While they aren’t bind like a will, your family may find guidance in having the letter. 


The overall point of a will is to help your family sort all your belongings after you’ve passed. Without a will everything must go through probate and the state, which is time consuming and stressful for family members who believe something is theirs. If you create a will, and then nobody is able to find it, your family will have to go through the same ordeal as if you never had it. Ensuring that your will is easily accessible and someone who you trust knows where it’s at is essential.  


Nobody wants to think about their death and what comes after, however it is an essential part of your future plans. Ensuring you have a will that is easily accessible is in everybody’s best interested. For any legal questions you may have, be sure to reach out to Family Law Richard E. Young & Associates!

Why Should You Start a Trust?

While death isn’t fun to think about, it is still important to plan for those around you after you pass on. Starting a living trust is a great idea to protect your assets and property. A common debate is whether you should start a will or a trust. Today, we are going to discuss the benefits of starting a trust rather than a will.


Two Types of Trusts

First, there are two kinds of trusts. A revocable trust (also called a living trust) allows your assets to avoid probate after you pass, while allowing you control over these assets while you are alive. This trust offers flexibility, so you have the option to get rid of it at any time. It is not set in stone.

An irrevocable trust is more permanent and doesn’t allow you access to your assets while you are alive. It cannot be dissolved or altered until after you die. However, this makes your assets able to pass by probate and reduce the amount of estate taxes. Also, if your trust assets generate income, you are not subject to tax liability.Trust Fund


The Benefits of a Trust

Now that you know about the two types of trusts, let’s look at the benefits of having a trust. Trusts allow you to specify each and every term, so you can limit what distributions may be made and to whom. If you have a revocable trust, you still have access to your assets during your lifetime, so you have control in that aspect, too. Then, the remaining assets will be distributed accordingly after you pass on.

Trusts help your assets and estate avoid probate, meaning that it can be directly distributed after you pass without any taxes, fees or the hindrance from the court. Probate is public record, so a trust allows your assets to stay private. In addition, trusts protect your wealth and estate from creditors or beneficiaries who are not good at managing money or assets.

Revocable trusts allow you to name your family members or other trusted individuals to have authority over your assets if you somehow become unable to manage your estate – wills do not let you do this.


It is important to have either a trust or a will because without them, your property will be distributed according to the state laws that remain out of your control. However, a lot of people find that a trust works better for them and their specific situation. Your age, wealth, and marital status help determine whether or not you need a trust.

If you need help planning a trust, or if you are trying to figure out if a trust is right for you, contact us at Family Law Richard E. Young & Associates!