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- 2 weeks of legal questions related to your living trust, answered by our network of attorneys
- With advice, get peace of mind with your attorney's review of your living trust once it's done
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The power of 3 documents, all in 1 package. Save 30% by bundling. Plus, legal help for 1 year. Legal advice renews annually at $119.88. Cancel anytime.**
- Get all the essentials: Living Trust, Financial Power of Attorney, and Living Will
- 1 year of legal questions related to your estate planning, answered by our network of attorneys
- With advice, get peace of mind with your attorney's review of your full estate plan once it's done
Why you need a living trust
Prevent bank issues
Bank accounts can be frozen until their new ownership is settled. Your trust ensures your accounts are available to those you designate with zero interruption.
Ease the stress and burden off your loved ones. You have the power to prevent them from having to deal with the court system, and incur costly fees. Plus, you can avoid multi-state probate if you own property in another state.
Protect your privacy
Probate court records are public records. This means anyone can have access to your will, and easily obtain a copy. Creating a living trust keeps your personal matters private.
Why choose us
Why choose us
Create and complete your living trust from the comfort of your own home.
Since 2001, we've helped over 3 million customers change the way they protect their families and assets.
Accessible legal advice
Rely on guidance from highly-rated lawyers that you can choose from our vetted network.
Designed and drawn up by our team of experienced attorneys, our living trusts are legally binding in all 50 states.
Here's how it works
Answer a series of questions
You'll choose someone to settle your affairs, decide what you want to leave to loved ones or charities, and name a guardian for your kids.
We'll create your living trust
We'll use your answers to create your living trust, which you can review in your account.
Review with attorney, or on your own
Print and complete using our instructions, or have your lawyer do a final review with you over the phone.
Fund your living trust
Start funding your trust by transferring the ownership of your assets from yourself to your trust. This means you need to physically change the titles from you, as an individual (or jointly if doing this with a spouse or partner), to the name of your trust. Once it's signed, you transfer ownership of your assets into the trust, but you still remain in complete control of your property.
Get answers to common questions Answers to common questions
It's a legal document that states who you want to manage and distribute your property if you're unable to do so, and who receives it when you pass away. Once signed, you transfer ownership of your assets into the trust and you remain in complete control of your property. The trust property can be managed and distributed without going through the probate court.
Yes. If you have an individual trust, you can transfer property whenever you want. If you have a shared trust, you'll need your co-trustee's consent if you own the property together.
Yes, because you may not have transferred your property into your trust before you pass away. A LegalZoom Living Trust includes a pour over will. It transfers property still in your name alone when you pass away to the trust to be distributed to your beneficiaries. It also lets you name guardians for your minor children.
Probate is the legal process through which the court decides how an estate will be divided. The court will look to your last will to decide how to distribute your property and will follow the will, unless it is successfully contested by your heirs. Generally, if an estate includes real property, a formal probate action is required. However, in many states, if the estate is of minimal value or consists solely of personal property, probate is not required and other legal remedies are available.
Not at all. People of all income levels can set one up to manage their finances in case they become disabled, or to provide for loved ones without going through probate court, which may be required of relatively modest estates.
Yes. A living trust is valid in all 50 states, no matter where it's created and signed. But if you buy property in your new state, you'll want to transfer it into your trust.
It's hard to say, as every person has specific needs. Our customers are often surprised at how easy it is to set up their living trust on their own. If your estate is large or complicated, or you have a child with special needs, you may want to ask an attorney for help.
Attorney Assist (Legal Advantage Plus) is our membership-based service that gives you access to a vetted network of attorneys in all 50 states. You can schedule calls with an attorney to get your questions answered on estate planning, to get your completed documents reviewed, or on other personal legal matters.
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