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How Much Does a Trust Cost?

 
low costLow: Kits Run $25-$500average costMedium: Basic Trusts Start $900-$1,500high costHigh: Complex Planning Can Run $1,500-$3,500+
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A trust is a legal relationship which sets up a person or company (the trustee) to manage property for the benefit of another (the beneficiary). A trust is an estate-planning tool that can be used in addition to or instead of a will.

Typical costs:

  • Having an estate planning attorney create a basic trust starts around $900-$1,500, but a situation requiring a bit more evaluation and planning can run $1,500-$3,500 or more, depending on the complexity and the extent of the assets involved.
  • Do-it-yourself living trust kits[1] are available for anywhere from $25-$500. Laws vary; be sure the information provided is accurate in your state. Plus, legal experts assert that living trusts aren't suitable for everyone, and that individual circumstances should be evaluated by a qualified attorney. Oregon State University gives a brief overview and describes advantages and disadvantages of a trust.
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What should be included:
  • There are two types of trusts, testamentary and living. A testamentary trust is outlined in your will and is created only after you die; these are typically set up for young children or other heirs who are considered to need someone to manage their assets for them. A living trust is created during your lifetime, is a private document that doesn't have to be filed in a public court and doesn't have to go through the probate process the way a will does. A revocable living trust can be amended or ended at any time; an irrevocable living trust cannot be changed or discontinued. With a living trust, you can be both the manager (trustee) of the trust and the beneficiary (receiving the income) of a living trust. The American Bar Association provides a detailed overview[2] of living trusts, including advantages and disadvantages.
  • Creating a living trust should be part of a thoughtful, deliberate estate planning process; don't be pressured into creating a living trust. Consumerlaw.org discusses how to avoid living trust scams.
Additional costs:
  • There can be filing fees to transfer property deeds, car registration or other assets into the name of the living trust.
  • Whether it's a testamentary or living trust, the trustee is legally entitled to be paid for any work done, and can take reasonable fees out of the estate. This will vary depending on the amount of work required and the complexity and value of the trust. (However, the trustee can waive payment.)
Shopping for a trust:
  • Ask about the attorney's training and experience with trusts. FindLaw.com provides a detailed questionnaire to complete when preparing to meet[3] with an estate planning lawyer.
  • Referrals to lawyers are available through the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel[4] and the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys[5] .
  • Your attorney should provide you with a written fee agreement. Be sure you understand what is covered, and any other fees and expenses you might have to pay.
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Yearly trust payment
Amount: $12,000.00 total
Posted by: paying more then earning in Albuquerque, NM.Posted: August 28th, 2014 11:08AM
I pay about $12,000 a year to my trustee's New Mexico office, However I've often wondered if I was being excessively charged.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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Amount: $112,000.00 total
Posted by: stumped R in Naples, FL.Posted: October 17th, 2013 07:10PM
I am a trustee of a trust. A large family, 5 of the members have endessly asked for documnets and repetitive stuff for 3 years. How do you avoid this? It has cost the trust. they have found nothing amiss, and I have had to loan money to the trust to keep it afloat
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External Resources:
  1.  www.google.com/search?q=living+trust+kit&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en...
  2.  www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/publiced/practical/books/wills/chapte...
  3.  estate.findlaw.com/estate-planning-help/prepare-to-meet-with-estate-planning-lawye...
  4.  www.actec.org/public/roster/search.asp
  5.  www.aaepa.com/attorney_listing.aspx
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