Dear Garden State Trust:
I immigrated to this country from Norway as a child, and I have relatives there with whom I remain close. One of my children lives in Oslo now and may be settling there permanently. For several years, I’ve helped fund some family reunions. The get-togethers alternate between the U.S. and Oslo, and I help plan the trips and side tours. I also cover the cost of airfare. It’s been a great thing for cementing the bonds of the extended family. We had to suspend this family tradition in 2020 with the pandemic and all, and everyone really missed it—especially me. What I’m wondering is, can I add something to my will to keep this tradition going after I’m gone?
I suggest that you consider an irrevocable trust in your will, with the express purpose of providing financial support for travel for your heirs. The trust will likely include other provisions related to the financial security of your heirs. The trustee can be given some discretion in these matters, but only within the parameters that you and your attorney set out in the trust agreement.
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