June 2010

 

Ask a trust officer:

Marital trusts

 

DEAR TRUST OFFICER:  

 

Do I still need a marital deduction trust in my will for my wife? —CONCERNED HUSBAND

 

DEAR CONCERNED:

 

Most likely, yes. If your current will includes a trust for a surviving spouse, you will want to keep it. 

 

True, there is no federal estate tax as of this writing, and some observers expect that there won’t be a federal estate tax for all of 2010.  But you might survive to 2011 or beyond, when the federal estate tax returns, and the exemption will be slashed to just $1 million under current law. At that time, the marital deduction could prove vitally important to your family’s financial security.

 

In addition, a trust for a surviving spouse provides important asset management benefits that can be vitally important to a person who is entering widowhood.  For most affluent families, a marital trust is the way to go.

 

If you are married and don’t yet have a will, make an appointment to see an estate planning attorney soon.  Your spouse will thank you for it.

 

Do you have a question concerning wealth management or trusts? Send your inquiry to tormey@pgbank.com.

 

 (June 2010)

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