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What is a Trust? A Trust is an entity which owns assets for the benefit of a third person (beneficiary). A Living Trust is an effective way to provide lifetime and after-death property management and estate planning. When you set up a Living Trust, you are the Grantor; anyone you name within the Trust who will benefit from the assets in the Trust is a Beneficiary. In addition to being the Grantor, you can also serve as your own Trustee (Original Trustee). As the Original Trustee, you can transfer legal ownership of your property to the Trust. This can save your estate from estate taxes when you die. Just remember that it does not alleviate your current income tax obligations.

What is an Irrevocable Trust? A trust created during the maker's lifetime that does not allow the maker to change it. 

What is a Revocable Trust? A trust that can be amended and revoked, usually by the person who established the trust. This trust may become irrevocable and unamendable when the only person who can amend or revoke the trust dies or becomes incompetent.

What is a Living Trust? A living trust is a trust established during a person's lifetime in which a person's assets and property are placed within the trust, usually for the purpose of estate planning.  The trust then owns and manages the property held by the trust through a trustee for the benefit of named beneficiary, usually the creator of the trust (settlor).  The settlor, trustee and beneficiary may all be the same person. In this way, a person may set up a trust with his or her own assets and maintain complete control and management of the assets by acting as his or her own trustee.   Upon the death of the person who created the trust, the property of the trust does not go through probate proceedings, but rather passes according to provisions of the trust as set up by the creator of the trust. 

Tips for Preparing Iowa Trust Forms

Legal vocabulary is extremely confusing and puzzling. To know the ins and outs, you need to grab a huge dictionary, invest days studying online, or consult an attorney. In case you are preparing Iowa Trust Forms, the quick meanings below will come in handy and help you save time and energy.

  1. A grantor is you or the person who generates Iowa Trust Forms. This position can also be called the trustor. To put it briefly, this person determines on what terms they pass their property.
  2. A corpus of a file is assets that a grantor moves via an irrevocable or revocable trust. Utilizing Iowa Trust Forms, you can give real estate, private property such as a motorcycle, jewelry, boats, bonds and stocks, and items without a title such as a stamp collection.
  3. A trustee is an individual who handles the assets. You can be a trustee if you like and keep your affairs in order. However, you will need to add a successor trustee to trust documents who will dispose of your estate in the event of your incapacity or death.
  4. According to the terms of the trust arrangement, beneficiaries are individuals who get all the assets that the grantor included. Typically, the beneficiaries are the children or family members of the trustor, but this is not required.