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Will A Revocable Living Trust Avoid Probate Expenses?

Property held in a revocable living trust at the time of the grantor`s death is not subject to probate administration. Thus, the value of the property is not considered when computing the statutory fee for the personal representative or the estate attorney. Also, the amount of any required bond for the personal representative will be reduced to the extent the property is held in the trust and not subject to probate administration. Nevertheless, certain expenses associated with the death of a person are not eliminated. Deeds to real estate transferring the property from the trust to the beneficiaries must be prepared. Estate tax returns must be filed when the total value of the property owned at death (including assets in a revocable living trust) exceeds $600,000 in value (or a lesser value in certain cases). The decedent`s final income tax returns must still be filed and income tax returns for the trust must also be filed.

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