Legal Question in Wills and Trusts in New Jersey

I would like to create a trust for my daughter who is married with 2 young children. However, I want to be certain that the trust assets cannot revert to her husband should she predecease him or in the case of a divorce. How can this be done. Thank you!

Asked on 10/10/13, 8:01 am

3 Answers from Attorneys

Jonathan Chester Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.

If you establish and fund an irrevocable trust and the beneficiaries are your daughter and her children, then her spouse will have no right to the trust assets. This can protect her in the event of a divorce or death.

Read more
Answered on 10/10/13, 8:12 am

Walter LeVine Walter D. LeVine, Esq.

Create an irrevocable trust with only your daughter and grandchildren as beneficiaries. I can assist you as I have done this literally hundreds of times. There is one caution about which I should advise you. If your daughter or grandchildren utilize the trust while she is married, while your son-in-law will not have access to it and it will not be considered a marital asset for equitable distribution purposes, its value and income could come into play for alimony and child support purposes in the event of a divorce. This interplay between equitable distribution and alimony/child support takes some time to explain, so contact me for more information.

Read more
Answered on 10/10/13, 8:50 am
Kevin Pollock Law Office of Kevin A. Pollock LLC

As others have mentioned, this is a very common trust. One thing I would like to add is that you can also create this type of trust under your Will if you are not ready to gift money to an irrevocable trust now. This would allow flexibility in case you wish to modify your plans later.

Best of luck,

Kevin A. Pollock, J.D., LL.M.

P: (609) 818-1555

Licensed to practice law in Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Also, visit my blogs at:


The foregoing is offered for informational purposes only and is not legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. To indicate that you have read the answer it would be appreciated if you would check either the thumbs up or thumbs down box below. Circular 230 Disclosure: Any federal tax advice contained in this communication, including attachments and enclosures, is not intended or written to be used, and may not be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding tax-related penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any tax-related matters addressed herein.

Read more
Answered on 10/11/13, 7:14 am

Related Questions & Answers

More Probate, Trusts, Wills & Estates questions and answers in New Jersey