living trusts lawyers cary ncTrusts are a key component to any well-prepared estate plan that offers many different benefits, and is typically used to minimize estate taxes. Unlike a will, trusts avoid probate and generally enable beneficiaries to inherit assets faster than if transferred through a will.

Other differences between a trust and a will include:

Will Trust
Covers the distribution of your general estate Addresses specific assets to be passed
Administered upon death Can be administered prior to death
Can be subject to probate to distribute assets Avoids probate, saving time and money
Can be shared with multiple parties, including the court Private between the donor, beneficiary, and trustee

Living Trusts & Testamentary Trusts

There are two types of trusts: Living trusts and testamentary trusts.

1. Living Trusts

  • Revocable trusts
  • Irrevocable trusts

2. Testamentary Trusts

Created through the will, after death.

Using Trusts for Different Purposes in your Estate Plan

Trusts can be crafted in many different ways to achieve different objectives, such as minimizing taxes or skipping a generation.


  • Credit Shelter Trust (Bypass Trust, Family Trust)
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)
  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Generation-Skipping Trust (Dynasty Trust)
  • Qualified Terminable Interest Property (QTIP) Trust
  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT)

Schedule a Consultation with our Trusts & Estate Planning Attorneys

The Cary trust lawyers at Alexander & Doyle, P.A. have 20 years of experience helping Triangle families and individuals with estate planning. We work with you to determine the best methods of trusts for your situation and needs.

Whether a basic trust or taking a more strategic approach to your estate, attorneys Ann-Margaret Alexander and Andrea Nyren Doyle can help.

Contact us today for your consultation.