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Many parents are deeply concerned about the escalating costs of college and post-graduate education for their children, and how these costs may impact their overall financial and estate planning objectives. If you have college-bound younger family members, you should be aware of an important new technique that can pay for educational expenses, solve income tax issues, and provide an important piece of your estate plan.
You have probably read about 529 College Savings plans (named after the Code section that creates these state-sponsored savings plans). In fact, nearly everyone interested in saving for education has probably investigated the pros and cons of these plans. They are immensely attractive because they are estate tax free, income tax free, and in some states protected from creditors. North Carolina has a good plan, but does not provide much creditor protection.
Whether you are a parent with future educational obligations for your young ones, or perhaps a loving aunt, uncle, grandparent, or stepparent, state education savings plans provide at least part of the answer. And the other part is this: With a carefully-crafted Educational Trust, you can now control that 529 Plan as an asset of this specially designed planning instrument.
A 529 Plan combined with an Educational Trust provides more flexibility to move assets between siblings (the one in medical school will need more money), and just as importantly, provides a smooth transition should you become incapacitated or die. Further, should you experience a financial emergency, the funds can be returned to you. It can also provide increased creditor protection.
Trust Counsel assists Clients with Asset Protection in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as well as Carrboro Durham, Cary, Pittsboro, Hillsborough, North Raleigh, Apex, Holly Springs and Morrisville in Durham County, Orange County, Wake County and Granville County.