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Wyoming Dynasty Trust

Avoid Estate, Gift and GST Taxes

Wyoming Asset Protection Trust-Trust Attorney

What's a Dynasty Trust?


A dynasty trust is an asset protection trust designed to efficiently transfer wealth between generations. Unlike some trusts which are of a more limited duration, Wyoming's Dynasty Trust avoids the rule against perpetuities and has a length of 1,000 years. This entity avoids estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer taxes. These benefits make them the foundation of estate plans for many wealthy families. You may find more information about Wyoming Asset Protection Trusts here with additional information about Wyoming Dynasty Trusts below.

Who Should Consider a Dynasty Trust?


These trusts are generally for families concerned about estate taxes. Wyoming has no estate tax and the federal limit has recently been raised. However, the federal ceiling has historically increased and decreased unexpectedly. These changes often coincide with a change in administrations, Congress being controlled by a new party, or as part of larger tax reforms. This is to say, while you may currently be under the exemption, there is nothing to say you will be in the future. It is thus imperative to plan as though your current exemptions may not last.

Generation Skipping Transfer Tax (GSTT or GST)


Poor planning can erode the value of a trust over time through unnecessary taxation. A Dynasty trust avoids the gift tax (which is incurred when living), the estate tax (when the giver passes away), and the GST (which occurs when transferring assets to a beneficiary that's at least two generations removed from the giver). GST currently imposes a tax rate equal to the highest marginal tax rate. Proper planning can limit or avoid these taxes altogether.

Wyoming Trust Companies

Every Wyoming Trust is required to have a trustee. The trustee is in effect the manager of the trust. They oversee its affairs and ensure the trust's assets are being used as intended. Previously, families were often forced to employ the services of a public trust company, e.g. a bank or other trustee offering services to the public. Recently, though, unregulated private trust companies have come into vogue. They allow greater control and reduce costs. There is no extra layer of bureaucracy, nor is there the need to pay a third party.

While private trust companies are generally preferable, there are circumstances where a public trustee is better. For example, if there is a disagreement between beneficiaries, then having an independent trustee adjudicate can lead to less squabbling between family members.

Wyoming Trust Attorney

You should not leave important documents and decisions to luck. There are non-legal providers who provide everybody with a template trust. Leaving such matters to chance greatly increases the risk of having the trust broken or your family not enjoying the planned-upon tax benefits. We recommend consulting with an experienced estate planning attorney specializing in Wyoming Trusts.

Final Thoughts


Establishing a Wyoming Dynasty Trust offers significant benefits, providing a strong strategy for transferring wealth between generations while avoiding estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer taxes. The Dynasty Trust's extended duration of 1,000 years and Wyoming's favorable tax environment make it a cornerstone for wealthy families' estate plans. However, careful planning is essential to navigate potential tax pitfalls, such as the Generation Skipping Transfer Tax. Wyoming allows flexibility in choosing between private and public trust companies, each with its advantages.

For optimal results and to ensure your trust aligns with your goals, consulting with an experienced estate planning attorney specializing in Wyoming Trusts is strongly recommended. Initial costs begin around $7,500, with an estimated annual cost of $500, making it a valuable long-term investment in securing your family's financial future.