Exploring Estate Planning Strategies: Life Estate Deeds vs. Asset Protection Trusts

In estate planning, individuals often explore various legal mechanisms to protect their assets and ensure their wishes are carried out effectively. Two common strategies in this realm are the life estate deed and the asset protection trust. Both offer distinct advantages and considerations, making them valuable tools in different scenarios. Let’s review at the differences between these approaches, considering their benefits, complexities, and suitability for different estate planning goals.

Life Estate Deed

A life estate deed involves transferring ownership of real property to another person (the remainder beneficiary) while retaining the right to use or live in the property for the duration of your life.


  • Avoids probate for the property subject to the deed.
  • Allows you to continue using the property during your lifetime.


  • Loss of control over the property once transferred.
  • Potential tax implications and Medicaid eligibility concerns.
  • Property remains subject to creditors’ claims.

Asset Protection Trust

An asset protection trust is a legal arrangement in which assets are transferred to a trust, managed by a trustee, for the benefit of beneficiaries (which may include the creator of the trust). The trust is designed to protect the assets from creditors and other potential threats.


  • Protects assets from creditors and lawsuits.
  • Allows for control over asset distribution and management through the trustee.
  • Can provide flexibility in estate planning and wealth transfer.


  • Complexity and cost of establishing and maintaining the trust.
  • Potential limitations on access to trust assets.
  • Tax implications, including income tax and estate tax considerations.
  • Variation in asset protection laws between jurisdictions.

If you’re unsure which strategy is best suited to your needs or would like personalized advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can help you craft a comprehensive plan that aligns with your goals and safeguards your assets for generations to come. Call Linda Solash-Reed, P.L. Call at 321-804-2915 or fill out our contact form and we will be in touch to schedule a meeting.