last night - . Basically it was an advertisement for this lawyer's services. He had a nice presentation w/ some humor thrown in. . The premise : The gov't + lawyers have figured out how to get a HUGE piece of your estate ( will ) --- thru probate, taxes, fees, etc. I bought into it. The % you can lose is staggering - plus time + effort to make sure you aren't fleeced. . His cost was about 5k for a trust. 10k for the additional Medcaid trust. Services for life. . My father who is 89 attended w/ me. I have 3 other siblings + we have had our father make his will w/ a family lawyer. But my father questioned wether he had a trust. I don't think he does -- we attended several lawyer sessions with him -- I don't remember hearing "trust". . We are concerned about the family house + property. several things I learned . In NY state : Capitol Gains Tax would really take a HUGE portion of what that property was bought for + is worth now......in a will. Not w/ a trust ! Bought for 75k....worth 350k now. Won't end up with half. . A spouse will inherit the property ( if my brother passes ) with a will......not a trust ! ( * we are VERY concerned about this....we aren't thrilled w/ his wife ) A spouse who remarrys = her new spouse can inherit the property - even before blood grandkids....with a will....not a trust ! . Those were several important ( to me ) items I'll pass along. . My father balked at the 5k trust fee. I didn't say anything til he checks w/ his lawyer. But...... I just put 9k as downpayment on a new car that might ....might... last me 10 yrs. What's 5k for all you might lose with a will ?......vs. a trust is for life and your blood kin's lives. .