QTIP trusts often allow the testator to have it all by having peace of mind that their surviving spouse will be cared for during their lifetime at the same time as passing assets to heirs of their choosing after the surviving spouse’s death. In this episode of the PFP Section podcast, Paul Hood, JD, LLM, dives into planning for the surviving spouse. He discusses:
The pros and cons of using a QTIP trust
The difference between a gift tax and estate tax QTIP election
Conflicts of interest that can arise between income and principal beneficiaries
Alternatives to using QTIP trusts
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Access more on planning for surviving spouses in Guide to Financial & Estate Planning, updated in 2022.
Listen to part one in Paul’s surviving spouse planning series.
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