Drafting a Trust In Quincy, Illinois

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A trust in Quincy, Illinois is a legal arrangement for the management of property by one person, for the benefit of another. In the simplest possible terms, if property is held in trust, it is possessed and controlled by one person, but it is technically owned by another person, who benefits from the property.

Trusts serve a number of purposes. For example, they can be set up to ensure that the beneficiary (say, a child) will perpetually have enough money to live off of, but will be unable to spend it all on frivolities.

If you are a trustee, you can permit the beneficiary to access the trust under any conditions you see fit (or make it unconditional, if you want). The point is that, if you make sure the trust agreement is well-constructed, you can help the beneficiary in any way you like, secure in the knowledge that they won't be able (or will find it extremely difficult) to spend it on things you don't approve of.

A trust could, of course, be much more permissive, if the creator of the trust wants it to be. You could set up a trust authorizing the beneficiary to spend as much of the money in it as they like, on anything. Of course, in such a situation, the trust fund might not last very long, especially if the beneficiary is a younger person.

What to Include in Any Quincy, IL Trust

To set up a valid trust in Quincy, Illinois, 4 elements are required. First, the trust must have a stated purpose, and this purpose must be clearly laid out in the documents that establish the trust.

Second, every trust, to be valid, has to assign a trustee. This is the individual or other entity (such as a corporation) who oversees the property that embodies the trust. They possess and control the property, and are responsible for seeing that it is used according to the purpose of the trust.

The third required element to make a valid trust is the beneficiary or beneficiaries. Because a trust, by definition, is set up to benefit someone or something, that entity must be identified in the trust. However, if the person(s) meant to benefit from the trust do not yet exist, they can still be valid beneficiaries, as long as they are part of an identifiable class of people, and can be easily identified if they are born. For example, you could set up a trust to benefit your grandchildren, even if you don't truly have any grandchildren yet.

Finally, and perhaps most vitally, the trust requires a "body." The body of a trust is the thing (typically, but not always, money) that is directly being held in trust, and therefore overseen by the trustee, and used to help the beneficiary.

Can A Quincy, Illinois Trust Drafting Attorney Help?

While the elements of a valid trust are relatively simple and easy to remember, drafting a trust that is sure to be carried out according to the wishes of the person making it can still be intricate. For that reason, a good Quincy, Illinois attorney specializing in estate planning and the drafting trusts may prove invaluable.

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Life in Quincy

Quincy is nicknamed the "Gem City of Illinois. Perhaps this is so because it lies along the Mississippi River. It is a small city home to about 40,700 people. Interestingly, Quincy used to be the hub for the transportation of riverboats and rail service, connecting many destinations along the river.

Some major corporations located in Quincy include Niemann Foods, Gardner Denver, and Titan Wheel. Other thriving employers include the healthcare industry and school district. Many attorneys also call Quincy home, and practice in many areas of law.

Some popular attractions in Quincy include Temple B'nai Sholom, Quincy Museum, Moorish Castle, Quincy University, and the South Side German Historic District.

All in all, Quincy is a quaint place to live offering its residents small town charm!

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