Deciding Whether a Secret Trust Is Right for You

A secret trust can help Californians preserve their privacy. Forming a secret trust may be ideal for high-income professionals with significant assets or for other trustors who anticipate disagreements among their heirs. In either case, a secret trust can protect the trustor’s privacy, as well as the privacy of their family.

However, secret trusts have a significant drawback. Since beneficiaries may not be aware of the trust or its terms, they cannot easily challenge the successor trustee’s decisions, even if such decisions are irresponsible, inappropriate, or outright illegal.

The Law Firm of Kavesh, Minor & Otis, Inc. can help you assess your options and decide if a secret trust is right for you.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.