Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts (SLATs)

Safeguarding Your Legacy

We understand that estate planning is not just about preserving assets; it's about ensuring a secure, prosperous future for the ones you cherish. In the realm of sophisticated estate planning strategies, Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts (SLATs) stand out for their ability to offer both substantial estate tax savings and access to assets.

What is a Spousal Lifetime Access Trust (SLAT)?

A SLAT is an irrevocable trust established by one spouse (the donor spouse) for the benefit of the other (the beneficiary spouse). This proactive strategy allows the donor spouse to utilize their gift tax exemption while potentially removing assets from their taxable estate. Crucially, despite the transfer of assets, the beneficiary spouse retains access to the trust's resources, ensuring financial support and stability.


Key Advantages of a SLAT

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    Estate Tax Mitigation

    Assets transferred to a SLAT, along with their future appreciation, are generally excluded from the donor spouse's taxable estate.

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    Access to Trust Assets

    The beneficiary spouse can benefit from the trust assets, providing a safety net while still enjoying the tax advantages.

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    Customizable Provisions

    SLATs can be structured with specific terms that reflect your family's unique needs, offering flexibility and control over asset distribution.

Navigating SLATs with Nickerson Law Group

Establishing a Spousal Lifetime Access Trust (SLAT) is a decision that requires not only a deep understanding of its benefits but also a clear strategy to mitigate its inherent complexities. Our dedicated team combines expertise, foresight, and a personalized touch to navigate these intricacies, ensuring your SLAT is both robust and reflective of your family’s unique dynamics.

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    Mastering the Irrevocable Nature

    Recognizing the irrevocable nature of SLATs, our approach is rooted in strategic, forward-thinking design. We delve deep into understanding your long-term objectives, ensuring the structure of your SLAT is meticulously aligned with your vision, offering stability and peace of mind for the future.

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    Adapting to Change

    Life is dynamic, and family circumstances can evolve. Our expertise lies in anticipating and planning for such changes. Whether it's safeguarding the donor spouse's interests in unforeseen situations like divorce or ensuring continuity and support following the demise of a beneficiary spouse, our solutions are tailored to offer resilience and adaptability.

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    Navigating Legal Intricacies with Precision

    The realm of SLATs comes with its share of legal nuances, from the reciprocal trust doctrine to intricate tax regulations. Our team at Nickerson Law Group excels in navigating these complexities. With a keen eye for detail and a profound understanding of estate planning law, we ensure your SLAT stands on solid ground, fully compliant and strategically poised to achieve your objectives.

Use It or Lose It

With the current federal estate and gift tax exemption set to significantly reduce after 2025, couples have a unique, time-sensitive opportunity to leverage Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts (SLATs) to maximize their estate planning benefits.

By establishing a SLAT now, you can "lock in" the higher exemption rate, ensuring that a substantial portion of your assets is protected for the future. It's a "use it or lose it" scenario: failing to utilize the current exemption could result in a missed opportunity to shield a significant amount of wealth from estate taxes, as exemptions are anticipated to be lower starting in 2026.


Nickerson Law Group: Your Partner in Excellence

At Nickerson Law Group, we don't just draft documents; we craft legacies. Our profound expertise in estate planning, combined with a personalized approach, ensures that your SLAT aligns with your financial landscape and family goals. We navigate the nuances of state laws and tax regulations with precision, offering you a seamless, comprehensive estate planning experience.

Get Started

Embrace the strategic advantage of a SLAT and ensure that your legacy thrives for generations. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards financial security and peace of mind.

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