When setting up a trust, you need to figure out its purpose, find trustees, and have enough funds for it. And it’s likely that you already know the beneficiaries.

The expense of setting up a trust varies as you have to transfer your property’s ownership, which comes with other fees. It is essential to maintain that trust survives well after your death and works just as well as it did during your lifetime. This usually costs a lot more than making a will that doesn’t need ongoing maintenance or conveyance of ownership.

How Much Do You Need To Set Up A Trust?

Generally, metropolitan areas are a lot more expensive than less populated areas. Also, estate planning lawyers with adequate expertise and extensive experience charge a handsome amount.

Here are some factors that can impact your costs of setting up a trust:

  • Having a wealthy or prominent estate with multiple assets may cost you more. As you’ll have to transfer more assets into your trust, the expenses will rise in relation to all the legal and financial paperwork. But you don’t have to be well-off to benefit from a trust

  • Using business assets or making a charitable trust may also require additional legal work and planning, which can increase the costs associated with creating the trust

  • If you leave assets to several beneficiaries, it might become more expensive and complex when you are in the process of setting up a trust. For instance, if you are adding terms for when and how someone can get the trust assets

  • Planning for some beneficiaries may be more complicated, like someone with disabilities or individuals who are in the care of a lawful guardian, and creating a special needs trust for them can be more costly

  • You want to draft other documents related to estate planning. It’s good to have a law firm or a lawyer prepare all the essential paperwork for estate planning if possible. So, costs associated with hiring and connecting with a firm or a lawyer may add to your total costs

  • An irrevocable trust is one that you cannot close or change once you have made it. It offers certain advantages, such as asset protection from lawsuits or creditors, so it’s possibly going to cost you more to set up a trust as compared to a revocable trust. It’s good to speak with an estate lawyer to make sure the irrevocable trust is the optimal option for your given situation.

  • Any additional legal guidance on how to handle business succession or minimize estate tax will also increase the overall setup costs

Wrapping Up

Setting up a trust and understanding the associated costs isn’t too difficult as long as you have relevant expertise on your side. However, it can be a lot more work as compared to a simple will, making it imperative to comprehend the steps involved. Therefore, investing in careful evaluation and professional advice is paramount.

Any opinions are those of Rademacher Financial, Inc. and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James. Raymond James and its advisors do not offer tax or legal advice. You should discuss tax or legal matters with the appropriate professional.