Planning with a Living Trust


Do you ever wonder what the future holds? While it’s impossible to know or control what happens in the future, Christians can rest in knowing that the Lord works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). But certainly that does not mean we should go through life without planning for the future: “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty” (Proverbs 21:5).

One option for Americans to plan for the future is a living trust. This kind of trust can be set up during your lifetime and directs where your assets go. Essentially, you transfer your property and assets to a trustee (you can serve as your own trustee during your lifetime). The trustee is required to follow the provisions of a written trust agreement that identifies who will receive the income and assets. During your lifetime, you can continue receiving income from the assets, and you can distribute the assets back to yourself at any time.

One of the advantages of a living trust is that it can be used to bypass probate, since technically the assets put into the trust are owned by the trustee, not you personally. When you die, the (successor) trustee can transfer your property directly to your heirs and beneficiaries without going through probate. Also, unlike wills, which go through probate, the assets transferred through a living trust do not become a matter of public record.

By including Answers in Genesis as a beneficiary in your living trust, you will leave a legacy for the next generation. Your gift will help us spread the message of biblical authority and the gospel to people across America and the world. Because our culture is becoming increasingly secular, this message is vital today. Through your generous support, you can be part of what we are doing here—leaving a legacy that will change lives.

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