Barbara Katsos helps clients set up living trusts and provides a range of other legal services through her New York practice, the Law Offices of Barbara Katsos. In preparation for her career as an attorney, Barbara Katsos enrolled at the University of the City of New York Law School, where she earned her juris doctor.
For people interested in preserving their wealth and passing it down to their heirs, a living trust represents a viable and increasingly popular estate-planning option. When people enter into such an arrangement, it means they create a legal document with instructions that their assets be put into a trust.
While living, the person that created the trust receives the benefits, but upon his or her passing, the assets will go to the beneficiaries named in the living trust document. Importantly, living trusts are revocable, meaning they can be modified or ended entirely any time the creator wishes.
Perhaps the most attractive feature of a living trust is that it permits people to avoid the probate process associated with traditional wills. Probate involves verification by the courts, meaning that estate documents and family affairs enter the public record. By avoiding probate, living trusts preserve the privacy of those involved.