Elderly residents should be wary of high-pressure tactics from overbearing salespeople who pressure them into giving them your financial information. Be wary of con artists throwing around probate law terms like “executors.” You should always be suspicious of claims from scam companies promising that you can significantly reduce your estate taxes by creating living trusts. A written will can also help you reduce your taxes and are often less expensive to create. Promises that a living trust will help you receive federal or state government assistance are false. Finally, you should be wary of overinflated claims from fraudulent salespeople guaranteeing that you can save lots of money in federal taxes by creating living trusts.
Only a licensed attorney can help you decide if a living trust would appropriate serve your estate planning needs and only after carefully discussing your goals with you.
Although living trusts can provide some tax benefits, so can other estate planning tools, including making lifetime gifts. Unfortunately, not all consumers understand the specific legal advantages to creating living trusts. Without proper legal training and consulting, consumers often unintentionally overemphasize the utility or benefits to creating living trusts. These myths helped fraudulent and deceptive businesses devise living trust scams. Scaring consumers, mainly elderly consumers, into believing they should create living trusts, living trust scam artists sell fake living trust forms and kits.