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What to know about creating a second trust

Louisiana residents and others may find that a trust is an effective estate planning tool. In fact, individuals can create more than one trust to meet their needs. Unless a new trust is created specifically to nullify an existing document, both trusts can be valid at the same time. However, there may be no need to create a second trust to amend or revoke an existing one.

In many cases, making changes to the language of an existing trust may allow it to meet a person's goals. For instance, the trust could be changed to stipulate that one child gets a larger share of a parent's property than the others. Technically speaking, restating a trust is an amendment to the original document despite the fact that it could completely change what the trust does. It is also worth noting that creating a second trust means spending more money and time keeping track of multiple documents.

Therefore, it may be simpler and easier to make changes to a trust as opposed to creating a second one. It is also important to note that an individual is generally limited to one will. If a new will is created, it typically makes any existing document invalid. Individuals who have questions about revoking a will or trust may benefit from speaking with a legal professional.

The estate planning process may be a complex one for many people. However, there may be many resources available to help those who need it. An attorney may be able to offer advice or insight into how to create or amend a will, trust or another plan document. It may be worth reviewing a plan after moving to a new state or experiencing major life events, such as a death in the family.

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