Bill Gates. Warren Buffet. Elon Musk. What Do These People Have In Common? They Have Trust.
3 min readJul 10, 2020

Actually, Trusts

Yes, they use trusts for estate planning purposes. Confused about trusts? What is a trust? How will a trust benefit me? What different kinds are there? Time for answers.

Many of us may perceive trusts as a complex subject better left to wealthy people. However, a trust is simply a contract initiated by a grantor who agrees to transfer assets to a beneficiary, who then receives the assets as stipulated in the trust contract. A trustee, who may also be the grantor, manages the trust assets and ensures the stipulated terms of the trust are faithfully executed.

A trust is designed to help individuals manage a variety of family and tax-related estate planning concerns. Here are a few ways in which trusts can be used:

Revocable Living Trust. A revocable living trust is an estate planning trust that deeds property to an heir but allows the grantor to retain control over the property during his or her lifetime. Upon the grantor’s death, the property passes to the beneficiary, avoiding probate, which is the judicial process wherein a court appoints an executor to carry out the provisions of a will. While the revocable living trust does not provide tax savings for the grantor during his or her lifetime, the trust becomes ‘irrevocable’ upon death, and the beneficiary is then entitled to tax advantages.