One of the best tools estate planning attorneys in Jacksonville utilize for their clients is the Florida revocable trust. The revocable trust is also known as a living trust. A revocable trust has many benefits including the ability to help individuals avoid probate. However, many people do not realize that setting up an estate plan with a revocable trust in Jacksonville is not the final step to avoid probate in Jacksonville or around Florida.
Once the trust has been established, the settlor, or the creator of the trust, or another person must fund the revocable trust. Funding the trust is the process of transferring assets from the settlor’s name to the revocable trust. To do this, the settlor must physically change ownership or the beneficiary designation, or in some cases both from the settlor’s individual name (or joint names, if married) to the name of the revocable trust.
As many as 9/10 estate plans fail because funding was not done, was not complete, or was done incorrectly. As a result, we now offer trust funding as part of many of our estate planning packages.