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Creating a Gun Trust in California

Protect Your Loved Ones from Violating Criminal Laws

Gun trusts are a unique aspect of estate planning beneficial for anyone who owns firearms. Due to the many federal and state laws governing gun possession, it is important to have a plan in place for your firearms after you pass away. Establishing a gun trust can protect your loved ones from unknowingly breaking criminal laws and finding themselves in trouble with the law.

Because a gun trust is such a specialized area of law, you can't afford to allow just anyone to determine the future of your firearms. The Law Offices of James C. Shields has nearly two decades of legal experience and is closely familiar with California's laws on gun trusts. Make it easy on your family members to handle your firearms – retain our Torrance estate planning attorney.

What are the benefits of a gun trust?

The two major federal laws that affect weapons held in a gun trust are the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and Title II of the Gun Control Act of 1968. During your lifetime, a gun trust can protect you, your loved ones, and your firearms from any law changes. After you pass away, this trust safeguards your family members as they handle your firearms.

Most notably, a gun trust offers the following advantages:

  • Permits more than one person to possess and use the weapons held in your trust
  • Protects your estate executor from violating certain gun laws
  • Allows your loved ones to avoid the usual gun transfer requirements
  • Enables the avoidance of future restrictions on gun transfers
  • Allows your firearms to avoid the probate process after you pass

You can appoint multiple trustees in your gun trust and even set it up so that it lasts for multiple generations. This is extremely beneficial, as firearms can last for decades and your gun trust should reflect that.

Don't take chances – call a Torrance estate planning lawyer!

Your firearms may be the last thing on your mind while planning for the future, but they shouldn't be disregarded. Not only can a gun trust protect your family members, it also gives you the final say-so in what happens to your firearms.

For the specialized legal counsel you need, call the Law Offices of James C. Shields today.

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