Summit: Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts

Brian Landzaat |

What are the key differences between Revocable Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts, and how do they impact my estate planning decisions?

Revocable Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts serve distinct purposes in estate planning, each offering its own set of advantages and considerations. At Vista, we guide our clients through the intricacies of both, ensuring that they choose the trust structure that aligns best with their goals and circumstances.

Consider the following distinctions between Revocable Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts:

  • Control & Flexibility:
    • Revocable Trusts: Grantors retain control and can modify or terminate the trust during their lifetime.
    • Irrevocable Trusts: Once established, they generally cannot be altered or revoked without the consent of the beneficiaries.
  • Tax Implications:
    • Revocable Trusts: Assets remain part of the grantor's taxable estate.
    • Irrevocable Trusts: Assets are removed from the grantor's estate, potentially reducing estate taxes.
  • Asset Protection:
    • Revocable Trusts: Assets remain vulnerable to the grantor's creditors.
    • Irrevocable Trusts: Assets are better protected.


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The information provided here is not intended as tax or legal advice and should not be taken as such; consult a qualified attorney or certified public accountant for professional guidance.