Trusts are powerful estate planning tools that provide flexibility, control, and protection for your assets. At West and West LLP, we specialize in creating tailored trust solutions to meet your unique needs and goals. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping you secure your financial legacy and ensure your wishes are honored.

Why Choose West and West LLP for Your Trusts?

  • Expertise in Trust Law: Our attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of trust law, ensuring your trust is legally sound and effectively structured.
  • Customized Solutions: We provide personalized trust solutions designed to address your specific financial situation, family dynamics, and long-term goals.
  • Comprehensive Service: From trust creation to administration, we offer full-service support to manage and protect your assets.

Understanding Trusts

A trust is a legal arrangement where one party, known as the trustee, holds and manages assets on behalf of another party, known as the beneficiary. Trusts can serve various purposes and offer numerous benefits, including asset protection, tax advantages, and efficient estate distribution.

Types of Trusts

  1. At West and West LLP, we offer a wide range of trusts to suit different needs:

    • Revocable Living Trusts: These trusts allow you to retain control over your assets during your lifetime and provide for seamless transfer upon your death, avoiding probate.
    • Irrevocable Trusts: Once established, these trusts cannot be modified, offering significant tax benefits and asset protection.
    • Special Needs Trusts: Designed to provide for a beneficiary with special needs without jeopardizing their eligibility for government benefits.
    • Charitable Trusts: These trusts allow you to support charitable causes while enjoying tax benefits and creating a lasting legacy.
    • Testamentary Trusts: Established through your will, these trusts take effect upon your death and can be used to manage and distribute your estate according to your wishes.
    • Spendthrift Trusts: Protects beneficiaries from creditors and poor financial decisions by controlling distributions from the trust.

Benefits of Trusts

  • Trusts offer numerous advantages, including:

    • Avoidance of Probate: Assets in a trust bypass the probate process, ensuring a quicker and more private distribution to beneficiaries.
    • Asset Protection: Trusts can protect your assets from creditors, lawsuits, and other claims.
    • Tax Efficiency: Certain types of trusts can provide significant tax benefits, reducing the overall tax burden on your estate.
    • Control and Flexibility: Trusts allow you to specify detailed instructions for the management and distribution of your assets.
    • Continued Support: Provide ongoing financial support for beneficiaries, including minor children or those with special needs.

Our Trust Creation Process

  1. Initial Consultation: We begin with a detailed consultation to understand your assets, family dynamics, and specific estate planning goals.
  2. Trust Design and Drafting: Based on your needs, we design and draft a trust that aligns with your objectives, ensuring all legal requirements are met.
  3. Review and Approval: We review the trust document with you, making any necessary adjustments to ensure it accurately reflects your intentions.
  4. Trust Funding: We assist in transferring your assets into the trust to ensure it is properly funded and effective.
  5. Ongoing Support: We offer continuous support for trust administration and any necessary updates as your circumstances change.

Common Questions About Trusts

  • Do I need a trust if I have a will? While a will directs the distribution of your assets, a trust offers additional benefits such as avoiding probate, providing asset protection, and offering more control over how your assets are managed and distributed.
  • Can I change my trust? Revocable trusts can be modified or revoked during your lifetime, whereas irrevocable trusts typically cannot be changed once established.
  • Who should be my trustee? Choose someone you trust to manage your assets responsibly, such as a family member, friend, or professional trustee.

Contact Us

Secure your financial legacy and ensure your wishes are honored with a comprehensive trust plan. Contact West and West LLP today to schedule your consultation and begin the process of creating a trust tailored to your needs. Reach us at (713) 222-9378 or, or visit our office at 3818 Fox Meadow Lane Pasadena.