The Ferrell Law Firm in Memphis bloghas a series on Living Trusts vs. Wills. Many of the issues discussed are similar to those in Florida. For those of you who are unsure as to whether you need a living trust, will, or both you might review their 4 part article.
Their Answer to “How can a living trust save on estate taxes?”
If you die in 2007 or 2008 and the net value of your estate (assets minus debts) is more than $2 million, federal estate taxes must be paid on the excess at a rate of 45%. If you are married, your living trust can include a provision that will let you and your spouse leave up to $4 million estate tax-free to your loved ones, saving up to $900,000 in taxes.