Do wills or trusts expire? - It doesn't really matter how old your will or trust is. They do not expire merely for the passage of time.

If a will was validly executed, and has never been revoked according to law or superseded by a subsequent will or codicil then at the time of your death it would be potentially effective. Potentially only because it must still be presented to a probate court for proper administration. If your ancient will has a champion who will bring it forward in the appropriate court, then it will be held effective.  Obviously the birth or emancipation of children, divorce, remarriage, substantially altered financial circumstances, changes in law, or new domiciles all may render an old will obsolete.  A review is in order.

Likewise, a trust doesn't lapse merely due to the passage of time.  More likely, a trust will fail due to a lack of property or funding.  Too frequently individuals and couples are sold trusts with great promise but little support.  I have seen trusts that were never actually funded.  A trust cannot operate on property that hasn't been delivered into the care, custody and control of the trustee, or had legal title properly transferred according to law.

This is one of those technicalities with which many non-lawyers struggle.  Even though an individual may be his or her own trustee, a client must think in the separate roles of grantor, trustee and beneficiary.  The formalities must be followed or the trust will fail.  Even if the property is initially transferred to the trust, unless a small but diligent level of care is maintained, the property can be negligently merged back into a common ownership outside the trust, thereby losing the intended benefit.

At least annual checkups are in order to ensure the proper maintenance of your trust and its role in your estate plan.  This can be conveniently done at tax time each year.

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