Sure, you can't take it with you. But if you've established a trust fund for your heirs, you can have some influence over how the money is spent, even after you're gone. You won't have to fill your trust with instructions -- a move that could open a can of worms, since beneficiaries generally can get access to the trust papers.
The trick is to write a side-letter to the trustee. Such a letter, while nonbinding, is an effective way to guide a trustee in how to make distributions. For example, if an heir has a substance abuse problem, you might ask the trustee to attach strings to the money. Likewise, you might want the trust to favor a disabled child. "There's a better chance of keeping your wishes private this way than by putting them into the trust," says James Ellis, managing director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. One caveat: Although the trustee doesn't have to disclose the existence of a side-letter, it could become public if the heirs file suit and request all relevant documents. To make sure no one misinterprets the side-letter as an amendment to the trust -- which could create confusion, if not a lawsuit -- get an estate lawyer to O.K. it.
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Richard Nixon pulled mostly As and Bs in law school, but eked out Cs in trusts and family law. Rutherford Hayes pioneered the insanity plea in defending a killer. And while Woodrow Wilson was "most terribly bored" studying law, Gerald Ford attended two other laws schools before graduating from Yale's. Such tidbits grace the American Bar Assn.'s exhibit on the 25 lawyer-presidents. Some did better out of office: William Taft became a Supreme Court Chief Justice. Abraham Lincoln, an overachiever his whole life, handled 5,100 cases over 25 years. The exhibit, which opened on Sept. 20 at the ABA's Chicago headquarters, is free (abanews.org).
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