A revocable trust — sometimes known as a “living trust” — can provide significant benefits. They include the ability to avoid probate of the assets the trust holds and facilitating management of your assets in the event you become incapacitated. To obtain these benefits, however, you must fund the trust — that is, transfer title of assets to the trust or designate the trust as the beneficiary of retirement accounts or insurance policies.
Inventory your assets
To the extent that a revocable trust isn’t funded — for example, if you acquire new assets but fail to transfer title to the trust or name it as the beneficiary — those assets may be subject to probate and will be beyond the trust’s control in the event you become incapacitated.
To avoid this result, periodically take inventory of your assets. This can better ensure that your trust is fully funded.