The frequency with which you need to update the terms of your trust will depend on your individual needs and the specific provisions of the trust. Generally speaking, you should review and update the terms of your trust every few years, or whenever there is a change in your circumstances or the law. You should also review and update your trust when a beneficiary reaches the age of majority or when a trustee is replaced. Additionally, you may need to update the terms of your trust if the value of the trust assets change significantly or if you need to make changes to the trust’s investment strategy. Finally, you should review and update the trust when tax laws change or when you need to make changes to the trust’s distributions or other provisions.
Below are several signs you may need to have your trust reviewed and updated?
1. A change in your or a beneficiary’s circumstances.
2. A change in the law.
3. A beneficiary reaching the age of majority.
4. A change in the value of trust assets.
5. A change in the trust’s investment strategy.
6. A change in tax laws.
7. A change in the trust’s distributions or other provisions.
8. A replacement of a trustee.
What is the consequence of not updating your trust regularly?
If you do not update your trust on a regular basis, it could mean that the trust does not reflect current laws and regulations, which could lead to costly and time consuming legal disputes. Additionally, an outdated trust might not reflect your current wishes, which could leave your assets at risk and lead to unintended consequences for your beneficiaries.
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If you need help understanding the process of updating your trust, or if you would like to make sure that it is up to date and in compliance with the law, you should consider consulting with an experienced California estate planning lawyer. A qualified lawyer can help you understand the legal requirements and ensure that your trust is properly updated.
Dustin MacFarlane’s primary focus is on Elder Law and protecting families and seniors. He is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Specialization — a rare distinction.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. MacFarlane worked in the Long Term Care industry. After becoming licensed to practice law in January of 2009, Elder Law quickly became his focus. Seeing the need during his former career, Mr. MacFarlane pursued Elder Law as a primary area of practice.