What About Gun Shop Or Form Gun Trusts In Atlantic City, NJ?
As with many gun-related topics, misinformation is spread by the unknowing to the unknowing with respect to what a trust can and cannot accomplish in Atlantic City, NJ. A gun trust is much more than a piece of paper that proclaims to create a gun trust. Gun trusts are legal entities (“persons” under the National Firearms Act) with many of the same rights as individual people. If you are going to rely on a document that purports to create a “gun trust” to actually be a “gun trust,” your best bet is to consult with a qualified attorney to make sure you know what your “supposed” trust actually does.
Because so many people ask my opinion in Atlantic City, NJ on various “form” trusts, I will expand on the problems with cheap, non-lawyer drafted trusts. First, I have yet to review an internet or gun shop obtained “gun trust” form with a client, where the client actually understands the limitations of the form. At best, an NFA trust form will qualify as a valid trust and “person” in the state where it is signed by the creator of the trust. At worst, the trust is not a valid trust, does not therefore create a “person,” and any creator or trustee of the trust is in unlawful possession of NFA firearms supposedly owned by the trust.
Mistakes Of A Ready Made NFA Trust In Atlantic City, NJ
One of the most common mistakes made by gun owners who purchase a ready made NFA trust (usually online or at a gun shop) is believing they have purchased a trust that will “hold” and protect their firearms for their children and descendants in Atlantic City, NJ. In fact, these trusts are really nothing more than an NFA trust that names multiple parties who can be in possession of NFA firearms as trustees – that is, only until the creator of the trust becomes incapacitated or dies. I have yet to review a free or cheap form trust that properly provides for the trust creator’s incapacity, death, or descendants. I have, however, reviewed many form trusts and trusts created by lawyers who do not actually understand the gun laws. These trusts fail in many ways to provide and protect the gun owner’s firearms and family. Even the ATF recommends that gun owners seek the advice of a firearms attorney before preparing a gun trust.
The Following Are A Few Of The Common Problems With “Form” Gun Trusts In Atlantic City, NJ:
- They are generic and lack firearms-specific guidance;
- They permit or even direct illegal firearms transfers;
- They permit prohibited persons to possess firearms;
- They are often invalid, incomplete, or defective;
- They lack the backing of a knowledgeable gun trust lawyer in Atlantic City, NJ when trouble comes your way.
You should also know that there are different types of gun trusts. A gun trust can be a simple NFA trust, a revocable gun trust, or an irrevocable gun trust. The differences between these trusts are profound.
What Are The Benefits Of A NFA Gun Trust In Atlantic City, NJ
A firearms collection in Atlantic City, NJ may be the product of one spouse’s interest. The other spouse tolerates this interest, but does not care nearly as much about the items that have accumulated. Due to death or disability, the disinterested spouse or other family member may be forced to manage or distribute the collection. Because of the vast amount of federal and state regulations pertaining to both NFA and non-NFA firearms, a disinterested spouse may make a mistake as to the applicable laws. A violation of the applicable laws usually results in the commission of a felony.
Because an Alex Kincaid gun trust is designed with this scenario in mind, there are detailed instructions to guide a trustee in handling the assets as well as an overview of applicable laws and regulations.
The Advantages Of A Gun Trust Over A Living Will In Atlantic City, NJ
A firearms trust is also designed to allow for multiple users of the items held by the trust. This is in direct contrast to a standard revocable living trust in Atlantic City, NJ. The firearms trust specifically allows for any named trustee, successor trustee, and any named beneficiary to have the ability to use or possess the trust assets. There is even a provision that will deem any person that you are shooting with a beneficiary of the trust so that person will be in lawful possession of the trust firearms. The trust also allows for the formal appointment of beneficiaries for a limited duration with a set expiration date. These “automatic beneficiaries” and “limited duration beneficiaries” have no rights for inheritance unless they are also listed as a “remainder beneficiary” in the trust, so you can enjoy sharing your firearms without worrying that you gave away more than you intended.
A firearms trust in Atlantic City, NJ also has many standard trust features such as avoiding the probate process for the firearms and the public record that the court system will create. The trust creator has the ability to create and update a tangible personal property memorandum, which grants different people specific items of a collection.
What Does a Properly Drafted Gun Trust Look Like In Atlantic City, NJ?
When properly written, gun trusts are powerful asset protection and estate planning tools in Atlantic City, NJ. A well-drafted gun trust will achieve the following for the gun owner who creates the trust:
1) Ensure that friends and family can lawfully possess and transfer trust-owned firearms during the gun owner’s lifetime;
2) Create a private plan that completely avoids the court system for all firearms if the gun owner becomes incapacitated or dies;
3) Eliminates most of the bureaucracy involved when acquiring NFA firearms;
4) Helps the successors and heirs to understand the gun owner’s desires related to all the trust-owned firearms;
5) Helps the ones you care about to comply with firearms laws when they possess or transfer the firearms;
6) Assists the gun owner to own firearms in more than one state; and
7) Ensures that neither gun owner nor any loved ones commits an accidental felony.
This Article Is Provided by Attorney Alex Kincaid