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Educational Trusts Attorney in Conyers, Georgia

For many of my clients, growing and managing their assets and financial futures is about creating a better future for their children—and even for society at large—through educational and charitable goals.

At my firm, Sharline S. Green, P.C., I assist my clients in doing just that by incorporating various estate planning tools like educational and charitable trusts to help ensure that assets are not just managed, but also used in ways that reflect my clients’ values. From my office in Conyers, I proudly serve clients throughout Georgia, including Covington, Snellville, Lawrenceville, Greensboro, Atlanta, Oxford, Loganville, and Grayson. Set up a consultation today.

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What is an Educational Trust?

An educational trust is a kind of irrevocable trust specifically designed to pay for education expenses. There are many variations, but essentially, an educational trust involves the following: 

  • A grantor transfers money or property into the trust for the purpose of funding.

  • The trust is created for people called beneficiaries. Beneficiaries benefit from the trust by having it finance their education.

  • The educational trust is managed by a trustee based on the specific terms set out in the trust.

  • Trustees give the trust funds—the property and/or money available in the trust—to the beneficiaries according to the terms of the trust.

What to Consider When Creating a Trust

There are a number of important factors to consider when setting up an educational trust. First, the grantor needs to consider what type of education the trust will pay for. Does a four-year college qualify? What about a trade school? Sometimes, children pursue unconventional career paths. It is helpful if a grantor provides direction on these particular matters in order to make the process easier for the trustee. 

Second, the grantor should consider when to put the trust into effect. Depending on whether the trust is living or testamentary, different steps will need to be taken. A living educational trust is operational while the grantor is still alive. Living trusts are advantageous when the grantor feels that beneficiaries will need the funds soon. Testamentary educational trusts, on the other hand, take effect only after the grantor’s death. For instance, such a trust may be ideal when the beneficiary is a child, and the grantor is almost at the end of their life and the beneficiary won’t be needing the trust funds until after the grantor has passed away.

Finally, the grantor must also consider who the trustee should be. As an educational trust is overseen by the trustee—who ensures that the trust is used for educational purposes—the trustee should be someone who inspires confidence. The grantor should consider these questions and concerns with the help of an estate planning attorney.

Benefits of an Educational Trust

Like any trust, there are numerous benefits to setting up an educational trust, including:

  • The knowledge that your inheritance is utilized for a virtuous purpose

  • Your family is released from the burden of saving for education, including college debt 

  • Assets will not be used wastefully

How an Attorney Can Help 

An experienced lawyer can help you set up an educational trust and help trustees distribute assets out of an educational trust. You deserve a customized plan that will best serve you, your family, and future generations. An attorney can help educate and empower you in the creation of a well-rounded estate plan that includes wills, trusts, and other tools.

Educational Trust Attorney
Serving Conyers, Georgia

Is an educational trust right for you and your beneficiaries? If you have any questions about education trusts, I can help. If you need assistance setting up an educational trust, contact my Conyers office today to schedule a simple case assessment. I have the detailed knowledge and skilled advocacy you need to create an educational trust and navigate the process.