Close X

Read Our Blog

Help Your Loved Ones and Be Clear with Your Estate Planning Documents

Posted by Lizette Sundvick | Feb 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

“There are many frequently perpetuated myths about wills and trusts circulating around. It is important to make sure that you have your facts straight.”

It can be tough to decipher all of the requirements and rules in estate planning documents, along with the probate process. If you can't figure it out, you may unintentionally leave your family in a bind after you die.

The Treasure Coast Palm's recent article, “Common misconceptions about wills and trusts,” says that some folks think that having a Last Will and Testament prepared means their estate will avoid probate. That's simply not true. The primary purpose of the probate court is to make sure that a decedent's assets are passed to the proper heirs and beneficiaries. The will is a statement to the court of the decedent's wishes as to how he or she wants assets to be distributed after death.

However, everyone needs a will. Additional estate planning, like a revocable living trust, may be needed to avoid the probate process.

Another common mistake is that people don't need an estate plan because they aren't worth much money. Some folks believe that if their estate is less than $5,450,000 (the Federal Estate Tax Exemption amount for 2016), there's no need for a revocable trust. This is not true. The exemption figure is the amount that can pass to beneficiaries without any federal estate tax. Some states have estate taxes, and there are many other issues that may arise when a person passes away. Any amount of money—regardless of how much or how little—will need to be probated without proper planning.

Some people have the concern that putting property into a revocable trust will limit what they can do with the property during their lifetime. But a revocable trust that's properly drafted by an experienced trust attorney can be completely amendable and revocable during the lifetime of the person who creates it. Anything placed in the trust is under your complete control as trustee of the trust. Therefore, you have no limits as to what you can do with a property that's put into a revocable trust.

Proper planning can make things much easier for your family. Wills and trusts are tools that can be extremely helpful in accomplishing your estate planning goals. Speak with an experienced estate planning lawyer so that you don't fall victim to the misconceptions and incorrect information that's out there. For more information, visit or schedule your free consultation by calling 702-384-3767.

About the Author

Lizette Sundvick

Lizette B. Sundvick is one of the longest practicing female attorneys in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been a member of WealthCounsel, LLC since 2002 and has received training from various legal and coaching organizations, such as WealthCounsel, LLC, the Nevada WealthCounsel Forum (Founding President – 2009-2012), National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys,...


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Wonderful to Work With

“Lizette and the staff are wonderful to work with and always give us excellent, on target advice. The sense of protection and confidence we have with the Sundvick Legacy Center allows us to relax and enjoy life.”
- Shirley & Terry L.

Professional, but Caring

“I appreciate Lizette's professional, but caring support through my Mom's last years and passing and also the help with my own trust. My experience with Sundvick Legacy services was very positive in every aspect.”
- Judy A.