Toronto Living Trusts and Inter Vivos Trusts Law Firm

Protecting Clients' Wealth Since 1983

Are you concerned that your assets will be diminished through probate taxes and legal fees upon your death? Do you need information about how to manage and transfer assets now and on death effectively and tax-efficiently? Are you looking to minimize taxes upon death and maximize your estate for your beneficiaries?

Professional legal help regarding the use of trusts can preserve wealth. For instance, trusts can be used as a will substitute. If you establish a trust and place assets into it, its ownership can pass directly to its beneficiaries upon your death. As a result, probate taxes and the delay and expense of probate are avoided.

Selecting a Trust to Meet Your Needs

At the Toronto, Ontario law firm of O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers LLP, we provide clients with tailored and cost-effective trust planning. We will work with you to plan and establish a trust that helps you protect your wealth for future generations. Contact our law firm to learn more during a meeting with one of our skilled Toronto estate and trust planning lawyers.

What is an Inter Vivos Trust?

An inter vivos trust is a trust that is established during one's lifetime by the transfer of assets to the trust. Some of the uses of an inter vivos trust include reducing income taxes by splitting income with your family members who are in lower income tax brackets, and funding children's and grand-children's education and other expenses, or providing for a family member with special needs.

There are many varieties of inter vivos or living trusts. For instance, alter ego trusts and joint partner trusts are available to those who are over the age of 65. They have a variety of possible advantages depending on one's individual circumstances, including acting as a will substitute, reducing probate taxes, ensuring capital succession to family members and allowing privacy of one's affairs, as opposed to a will that becomes a public document once it is probated.

What are Testamentary Trusts?

A testamentary trust is established under a will and only goes into effect upon the testator's death. It can also allow for income splitting among family members, protect your wealth from additional probate taxes payable on a beneficiary's death, ensure capital succession to your intended beneficiaries and can provide greater protection against claims made against a beneficiary, including matrimonial and creditor claims.

Other Specialized Inter Vivos and Testamentary Trusts

There are a variety of inter vivos and testamentary trusts that can be used to protect your wealth and minimize tax, including:

Experienced Ontario Wealth Protection Lawyers

Margaret O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers LLP is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017, the 2017 Edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Chambers Canada Guide 2017, Chambers High Net Worth 2017 Guide, T he Who's Who Legal: Private Client 2015, and The Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 as a leading trusts and estates lawyer. She is also the 2013 recipient of the Ontario Bar Association's Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates Law and the 2014 STEP Founder's Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Susannah Roth has practiced trust and estate law since being called to the bar in 2002, has written and lectured on various subject areas in trust and estate law and has been involved in leadership roles in the legal profession with the Ontario Bar Association, including her current role as trustee of the OBA Foundation.

Sara Beheshti's practice involves estate planning, estate administration, estate dispute resolution and real estate matters arising in the trust and estate context. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008. Sara is a member of the Ontario Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section Executive and chairs the Outreach Committee. She is also Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Real Property Section Executive. She is also a member of the Toronto Estates Solicitors & Litigators Association (TESLA).

Emma Hamilton's practice includes estate planning, estate administration and estate dispute resolution. She was called the Alberta bar in 2016. Emma is currently completing the Diploma Program of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

We have helped many clients create advantageous alter ego trusts, joint partner trusts, living trusts and inter vivos trusts. Living trusts, inter vivos trusts and other trusts can reduce tax and provide numerous other benefits. For more information about the Ontario living trust lawyers of O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers LLP, contact our law firm.