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How to Fund a Revocable Living Trust

Funding a trust is just as important as setting it up. Learn why it's important to fund your revocable living trust and how to fund specific assets including bank and investment accounts, stock certificates, savings bonds, personal effects, retirement accounts, life insurance, business interests and real estate.

What Does it Mean to Fund a Trust?
In order for a Revocable Living Trust to function properly, it's not enough for the Trustmaker to simply the sign trust agreement. After the agreement has been signed, the Trustmaker must “fund” his or her assets into the trust. Learn what it means to fund a Revocable Living Trust.

What Are the Procedures for Funding a Trust?
In order for a Revocable Living Trust to function properly, it's not enough for the Trustmaker to simply sign the trust agreement. After the agreement has been signed, the Trustmaker must “fund” his or her assets into the trust. There are three general procedures that should be followed in order to properly fund a Revocable Living Trust.

What Types of Assets Can Go Into a Revocable Living Trust?
If you've created a Revocable Living Trust to plan for mental disability and avoid probate and you think that your estate plan is done once you've signed the trust agreement, it isn't. Why not? Because after your Revocable Living Trust has been signed you'll need to "fund" it with your assets. Learn what types of assets can be retitled into the name of your Revocable Living Trust.

What Types of Assets Can't Go Into a Revocable Living Trust?
If you've created a Revocable Living Trust to plan for mental disability and avoid probate and you think that your estate plan is done once you've signed the trust agreement, it isn't. Why not? Because after your Revocable Living Trust has been signed you'll need to "fund" it with your assets. But not all of your assets can go into your trust. Here's a list of what types of assets can't be re…

What Happens to Assets Left Out of Your Trust?
When it comes to funding a Revocable Living Trust, this step is just as important as setting it up. Learn what happens to assets that are left out of a trust.

How to Fund Bank and Investment Accounts into a Trust
Funding bank accounts and investment or brokerage accounts into your Revocable Living Trust can be easy or complicated depending upon the rules followed by the institutions that hold your accounts.

How to Fund Personal Effects into a Trust
Funding a trust with personal effects that don't have a legal certificate of title, such as jewelry, clothing, art work, antiques, and collectibles, can be accomplished by a single assignment. For personal items that have a legal certificate of title, such as cars, boats, or airplanes, you should consult with an attorney in the state where each vehicle is titled.

How to Fund Real Estate into a Trust
Deeding real estate into your trust is an important step, particularly to avoid ancillary probate if you own real estate in more than one state.

How to Fund Oil, Gas or Mineral Rights into a Trust
If you own oil, gas or mineral rights, then don't overlook the importance of getting them into your revocable living trust. Here's how.

How to Choose Beneficiaries for Life Insurance Policies
Learn what to consider when choosing the beneficiaries of life insurance policies so that the beneficiary designations will compliment the terms of your revocable living trust.

How to Update the Beneficiaries of Life Insurance Policies
Once you have your Revocable Living Trust in place, you'll need to update the beneficiaries of your life insurance policies. Here's how.

How to Choose Beneficiaries for IRAs and 401ks: Initial Considerations
If you have any of your assets held in a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or IRA, then before updating your beneficiary designations to compliment the terms of your Revocable Living Trust, you'll need to consider the following.

How to Choose Beneficiaries for IRAs and 401ks if You're Single
In my experience, once you've signed your foundational estate planning documents, choosing the right beneficiaries for your IRAs and 401(k)s is just as important as getting the appropriate legal documents in place. Here are some things to consider if you're single.

How to Choose Beneficiaries for IRAs and 401ks if You're Married
In my experience, once you've signed your foundational estate planning documents, choosing the right beneficiaries for your IRAs and 401(k)s is just as important as getting the appropriate legal documents in place. Here are some things to consider if you're married.

How to Update Beneficiaries of IRAs and 401ks
If you have an IRA or 401(k), then you'll need to update the designated beneficiaries of your account to coincide with the provisions of your Revocable Living Trust. This can be accomplished as follows.

How to Choose Beneficiaries for a Health or Medical Savings Account
A Health or Medical Savings Account is a type of asset that represents a taxable contract right, so you can't change the owner of the account to your Revocable Living Trust. Instead, you'll need to designate one or more beneficiaries to receive your "HSA" or "MSA" when you die.

How to Update the Beneficiaries of Health and Medical Savings Accounts
If you have a Health Savings or Medical Savings Account, then you'll need to update the designated beneficiaries of your account to coincide with the provisions of your Revocable Living Trust. Here's how.

How to Fund an Irrevocable Trust
When it comes to funding an Irrevocable Living Trust, don't be confused because the trust is "irrevocable" instead of "revocable" - Irrevocable Living Trusts are funded in exactly the same way as Revocable Living Trusts. The difference is that you have to be careful about what you fund into an Irrevocable Living Trust because you'll be giving up ownership of and control over the funded property.

How to Fund an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust
If you have decided to create an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, or ILIT for short, to hold and own your life insurance policies, then once the trust agreement has been signed you will need to fund the trust with your insurance policies. Here you will find the steps necessary to fund existing or new policies into your ILIT.

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