Washington D.C. Revocable Living Trust Form

Updated January 10, 2022

A Washington D.C. revocable living trust is a legal instrument through which one party, called the settlor (or “grantor”), may transfer assets to other parties, called beneficiaries, after the settlor’s death. Unlike wills, revocable living trusts do not need to go through the probate process, which can slow down and complicate the transfer of assets after death. Additionally, trusts are not items of public record and generally will remain secret unless litigation is filed over their contents. Like a will, revocable trusts may be changed at any time. Among the downsides to revocable living trusts is that they require someone, called a trustee, to administer the trust, and the typical fees for trustees may mean that it is not worth pursuing a trust, particularly for smaller estates.

Irrevocable Living Trust – Irrevocable living trusts avoid probate and offer additional protections that are not available for revocable trusts. However, they are difficult to modify once created. Many states only allow irrevocable trusts to be modified through a judge’s order, though in the District they may also be changed with a trustee or grantor and the consent of all beneficiaries.

Revocable Trust Laws – Title 19, Chapter 13, Subchapter VI (Revocable Trusts)

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