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Trusts Serving Families Throughout Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach Trust Attorney

Leveraging 25+ Years of Legal Experience in Trust and Estate Planning in Okaloosa County

A trust is a powerful legal arrangement where a settler entrusts another party, the trustee, with the authority to manage, oversee, and allocate their property and assets to beneficiaries. This ensures that the trust functions according to the grantor's wishes. Unlike a will, a trust offers the unique advantage of being operational during the trust creator's lifetime, making it an indispensable tool in estate planning. The value of professional guidance from a trust attorney in navigating these complex legal waters is immeasurable. With John Dowd and the team at Dowd Law Firm, clients gain access to more than a quarter-century of legal knowledge. Our firm is dedicated to delivering robust and dependable asset planning services to individuals and families across Okaloosa County.

Contact us at (850) 972-2233 or send a message online to schedule a consultation with our Fort Walton Beach and Destin trust attorney.

What is a Trust?

A Trust serves as a protective measure for the trustee, functioning as a legal avenue that allows someone else to make decisions on your behalf in case you become incapacitated. Primarily, it holds assets for you and your beneficiaries. Settlers will need to designate at least one beneficiary apart from themselves. The trust document must also be written, as oral trusts are not recognized as valid. Any required deeds for assets such as homes and automobiles must be duly signed.

Like wills, trusts must be properly established and operated under Florida law. Trusts can be categorized in various ways based on their unique characteristics and purposes. Some of the common types include:

  •  Living Trusts: As implied by the name, these trusts are established while you are still alive, alternatively referred to as inter vivos trusts. 
  • Testamentary Trusts: These trusts are created through a will and undergo probate. They typically come into existence after the death of the settlor. 
  • Revocable Trusts: These trusts offer flexibility as they can be canceled or modified at the settlor's request at any time for any reason. 
  • Irrevocable Trusts: Unlike revocable trusts, these cannot be canceled or altered for any reason until the trust terms have been fulfilled. 
  • Spendthrift Trusts: This type of trust can be either a living or testamentary one. It protects by preventing beneficiaries and creditors from accessing the trust's assets directly. 

Understanding the nuances and legalities of each trust type is crucial for effective estate planning. By carefully selecting the right trust for your situation, you can ensure that your assets are managed according to your wishes, providing peace of mind for you and security for your beneficiaries.

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    Attorney John R. Dowd Jr. is backed by extensive experience in a wide range of legal matters.

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