Should everyone have a living trust?

No. Whether or not to create a trust is a personal decision. Young married couples without significant assets and without children, who intend to leave their assets to each other when the first one of them dies do not necessarily need a living trust. However, if the couple should die in a common accident, or shortly after each other, without a trust their estate(s) may be subject to a probate. (See discussion below.) Other persons who do not have significant assets (less than $150,000) and have very simple estate plans also do not need a living trust. Finally, anyone who believes that court supervision over the administration of his or her estate would be beneficial should not have a living trust. The greater the value of your assets (particularly if you own real estate), the greater the benefits of a living trust. Having a living trust could be important in the event of an accident or sudden illness.

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