Trusts are fictional entities created when a person declares a trustee to have a certain responsibility to handle some property a certain way. The person who makes a trust is called a settlor. The settlor can name him or herself or another to act as trustee. A trust can provide for a level of subtlety and complexity for handling property that is would be burdensome or overly complicated under normal court supervision. Trusts then can act both as will-substitutes in a decedent’s estate, but also as a vehicle to help hold property during a person’s lifetime. A lifetime trust can help plan for incapacity or address problems specific to a certain kind of property.
Trusts may also provide various forms of asset protection from creditors, both for settlors and for beneficiaries, depending on the situation and what risks may be of concern to clients.
One example of a lifetime trust that may be establish to address problems specific to a certain form of property is the “gun trust” by which a trustee is empowered to own, possess, and dispose of firearms with certain legal issues in mind. Such trusts may and often do address the issues that come up for National Firearms Act weapons, those guns and accessories that may be lawfully owned with certain appropriate licensing through the federal government such as machine guns, suppressors, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, and destructive devices. Call for more information.
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