Irrevocable Trusts, such as Special Needs Trusts, Discretionary Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Residence Trusts, and Life Insurance Trusts, can be used to accomplish a variety of goals and objectives. For example, Life Insurance Trusts can be used to ultimately pass large gifts to one’s heirs while minimizing gift and estate tax exposure. Properly drafted Special Needs Trusts can be great tools to provide supplemental benefits to individuals with special needs without jeopardizing state and federal benefits that individual may be receiving.
The difference between a revocable trust and an irrevocable trust is just what the name implies – a revocable trust can be revoked and an irrevocable trust cannot be revoked. While there are great benefits to be gained from the use of irrevocable trusts, they are not for everyone. Once assets are transferred to an irrevocable trust, the assets will be governed by the terms of that trust until the trust is terminated according to its terms.