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Estate Planning and your Wine Collection

Estate Planning and your Wine CollectionOffit Kurman attorney Steven Shane regularly answers Estate Planning questions in his weekly blog The Weekly Scenario. Mr. Shane recently received a question from a reader regarding his Wine Collection.

“I have a very substantial wine collection which will likely require special handling after my death,” explained the reader. “Can I put someone in charge of auctioning, selling, consigning, etc. the wine after my death?”

Estate Planning and your Wine Collection

With the wine market becoming increasingly popular nowadays and with rare bottles of wine representing hundreds if not thousands of dollars each, it is not uncommon to address one’s wine collection in their estate plan. This can be accomplished in several ways. However, the most appropriate action is most likely the formation of a Purpose Trust. A purpose trust is one that is established for a specific purpose, such as the handling of a rare wine collection.

“Often these trusts are highly regulated,” explains Mr. Shane.

Additional examples of purpose trusts include funeral and cemetery trusts, gun trusts, pet trusts and certain trusts for charitable purposes.

Estate PlanningIf you have any questions about Purpose Trusts or any other question regarding  Estate Planning, you can contact Steve Shane directly at 301.575.0313 or Mr. Shane provides strategic counseling to clients in need of estate planning,   asset protection and the proper disposition of assets in accordance with the client’s objectives.

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