Dynasty Trust

What is Dynasty Trust? 

A Dynasty Trust, sometimes known as an everlasting trust, is a trust meant to convey wealth from successive generations while minimizing taxes. As long as the properties stay in the trust, households can escape gift tax, inheritance tax, and generation-skipping tax payments. 

Understanding Dynasty Trust

A dynasty trust's first recipients are typically the grantor's offspring (the person whose assets are used to create the trust). The grantor's grandkids or great-grandchildren are usually the benefactors after the funeral of the last child. The grantor appoints a trustee to oversee the handover of the trust. Typically, the administrator is a financial institution or other banking institution.

A dynasty trust is an irreversible trust. Credit agencies can specify tight (or loose) guidelines about how the funds should be handled and dispersed to recipients. However, once the trust is financed, the beneficiary will have no authority over the properties and will not be able to change the trust’s provisions. Therefore, the future benefactors of the trust are in the same boat. 

A trustee has the authority to transfer funds from the trust to recipients following the trust's provisions. However, the trust’s properties do not count towards beneficiaries' taxable assets since they have no authority over them. Similarly, since the assets conform to the trust and not the recipient, they are safeguarded from statements through the beneficiary's creditors.

Practical Example

A man might establish a dynasty trust for his daughter and her descendants. The monetary funds in the dynasty trust would've been estimated as follows, per stirpes, for the daughter's descendants and continued in control for their lifelong benefit after the daughter's death.

In Sentences

  • Dynasty trusts minimize taxation when passing assets or properties from generation to generation.


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