The revocable living trust is a very useful and popular estate planning tool, recommended by tens of thousands of attorneys across the U.S. and used as the central estate planning document by millions of Americans. The primary benefit of the revocable living trust is that assets properly funded into such a trust are protected from the expenses and complexities of probate. However, what most Americans don't realize is that assets in a revocable living trust are NOT protected from lawsuits or from the catastrophic expenses associated with nursing home long-term care.
Certified Elder Law Attorney Evan H. Farr, one of the nation's leading estate planning, elder law, and asset protection attorneys, has developed a unique Medicaid Asset Protection Trust called the Living Trust Plus® -- a trust that functions very similarly to a revocable living trust and maintains much of the flexibility of a revocable living trust, but is designed to protect your assets from the expenses and complexities of probate PLUS lawsuits PLUS Medicaid / nursing home expenses PLUS Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits / assisted living, for qualified wartime veterans.
The Living Trust Plus® Asset Protection Trust protects your assets from lawsuits, auto accidents, creditor attacks, medical expenses, and -- most importantly for the 99% of Americans who are not among the ultra-wealthy -- from the catastrophic expenses often incurred in connection with nursing home care. For most Americans, the Living Trust Plus™ is the preferable form of asset protection trust because, for purposes of Medicaid eligibility, this type of trust is the only type of self-settled asset protection trust that allows a settlor to retain an interest in the trust while also protecting the assets from being counted by state Medicaid agencies.
The Living Trust Plus® is a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust.
The Living Trust Plus® is a Veterans Asset Protection Trust.
The Living Trust Plus® is a general Asset Protection Trust.
Even though the Living Trust Plus® is irrevocable, you retain a high degree of control over your trust assets because:
Additionally, as is the case with all non-charitable irrevocable trusts, the Living Trust Plus® can be modified, or even terminated, upon the agreement of all "interested parties" -- which are typically the trust creator, the trustee, and all trust beneficiaries.
Certified Elder Law Attorney and Medicaid Asset Protection expert, Evan H. Farr, CELA, has written four books that have reached #1 on the Amazon Bestseller List. These books feature detailed information about The Living Trust Plus™. For more information, please search for the book title on Amazon.com.
Evan Farr recently spoke about Living Trust Plus™ on various television and radio shows. Click on the links below to listen to the broadcasts.
Randall Crossing graduated from Vanderbilt University with B.A. in 1985 where he was the Gertrude Vanderbilt Scholarship Recipient. He graduated from law school at the Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law (aka University of Memphis) in 1988. He has worked in area of Elder Law and Probate and Estate Administration for 15 years. First, as counsel for Legal Care for Senior Citizens in Memphis, TN and the Office on Aging. In addition, he served as ombudsman to the State of Tennessee Nursing homes. After working as a Assistant U.S. Public Defender, he open his practice in Jefferson City, Tennessee where he practices Elder Law, Probate and Estate Administration, and. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association.