Do I need a Will or a Trust? Answer the questions below to see whether a Will or Trust makes the most sense for your family.

Section 1: Specific Circumstances (Please select all that apply – If none apply, please proceed to Section 2.)

A. I have minor children.
B. I have a special needs child.
C. Either I or my spouse have step-children.
D. I am single, divorced, and/or a widow or widower and I am concerned about having someone manage my affairs if I become incapacited.
E. My spouse’s mental capacity is declining and I am concerned that soon he or she will not be able to understand legal documents.
F. My spouse requires long term medical care and I am concerned that his or her care will deplete all of our savings.
G. According to the Oregon Estate Tax Calculator, I will likely owe Oregon estate taxes.

Section 2


A. General:

I would like my estate to pay as little as possible in state and federal estate taxes.
I do not want my family to have to go through the court process of probate when I pass away.
I am a private person and do not want the details of my estate plan to be publically available or published in the newspaper.
I want the gifts and inheritence I leave to my family to be distributed as quickly as possible.
I want the smoothest, most efficient, and cheapest possible administration of my estate when I pass away.
I am willing to pay more today for an estate plan that will save my family time, money, and frustration when I pass away.
I would like to make it as hard as possible for people to challenge my estate plan and how I choose to leave gifts to my beneficiaries.

B. Gifts for Children:

I would like to put limitations on how my children can use their inheritence. (For example, I would like my children to use their inheritance for education first.)
I would like to restrict the age at which my children gain full access to and control over their inheritence. (For example, I do not want them to receive everything at age 18, which is the default under Oregon law.)
I would like to ensure that my children’s inheritence does not get shared with their exspouse’s, should they ever get divorced. (Divorce Protection)
I would like to protect my children’s inheritence from their creditors or potential creditors. (Creditor Protection)
I am concerned that my children have or may develop an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or gambling and I would like to make it harder for them to use their inheritence for these things. (Addiction Protection)

C. Incapacity:

I am concerned that I or my spouse will be unable to care for ourselves in the foreseeable future.
I am concerned that I or my spouse will be unable to manage our finances in the foreseeable future.
If I become incapacited, I would like my family to be able to take care of me without having to go to court and without requiring court supervision.
If I become incapacited, I would like my family to be able to do Medicaid planning for me to preserve some of the assets I have gathered, while also ensuring that I am cared for.
If I become incapacited, I would like my family to be able to make gifts to family members to reduce the potential Oregon estate tax bill that would be owed by my estate.

[ for the questions you answered, your average score is a 2.5 out of 5. Scores below 2 indicate that a Will probably makes the most sense for you. Scores of 2-3 suggest that a Will or Trust may be a viable option. Scores above 3 indicate that you will probably most value the benefits of a trust.]

Your Score is:  

Section One



Section Two


Disclaimer: This calculator is an information tool, intended only to help lay out the different factors that families often consider when deciding between a Will or Trust. To find the best for your family, speak with an attorney.