Do I need a Trust?

I think the question is better worded like this - "Can I accomplish all of my wishes and adequately address all of my concerns without a Trust?"  If so, then skip the Trust.  It's one less moving part to maintain.  

While there is no 'bright line' rule or answer to this question, the fact is many of us (and our families) can benefit from a Trust, as many of us have issues that cannot be adequately or better addressed by any other estate planning tool.  

The main reason my initial consults average two hours is to address whether a Trust is needed or desired, and if so, what provisions should the Trust Agreement contain.

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Beginning February 21, 2024, I will be beginning the process of closing my law practice to join First Security Bank's Trust Department at their Mountain Home location. From that date forth, I will no longer be accepting new clients or providing existing clients with any ongoing legal counsel. Please know that you may locate another attorney of your choosing by going to

If you are a past estate planning client and would like photocopies of your original documents (the originals should be in your possession and/or control), please contact me as soon as is reasonably practical to make those arrangements. Best methods to contact me are listed below in order of preference:


2. Text 870-405-5245

3. Call 870-405-5245

4. Call 870-424-6337

Although it has been a pleasure practicing law for the last 25 years, I am eager to transfer my estate planning experience to estate administration by serving as a trust officer at First Security Bank. If you find yourself looking for a trustee, I hope you will consider me.

Should you have any questions regarding the above, please know I stand available.


Travis W. Ford