Donald M. Thompson - Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning


Joint Trusts

When spouses (or anyone else) together create one trust it is called a joint trust. These trusts are common in community property states, but are not widely used in Illinois because of the adverse estate and gift tax consequences that may result. Recently the tax rules have been eased in some private letter rulings and there are also many non-taxable estates so the use of joint trusts is increasing. There are still many technical pitfalls and separate trusts are usually advisable.

These should not be confused with joint wills. When both spouses share one will it is called a joint will. Joint wills, for a variety of reasons, should not be used.

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