Irrevocable trusts are the easier of the two to understand. After you place property into an irrevocable trust, you can’t retrieve the property. For all intents and purposes, that property now belongs to the trust, not to you!
With a revocable living trust, the person creating it can later change his or her mind regarding not only the property placed into it, but also the existence of the trust itself.
Very often, if you die or become incompetent, the provisions of a revocable trust call for the trust to become an irrevocable trust.
Some of the benefits of a revocable trust include the following:
1. Avoids probate, which can mean a faster distribution of assets to your heirs.
2. Potential money savings, though this depends on your financial situation, and remember it does cost something to set up a trust on the front end.
3. More privacy than a will, whose provisions are made public after your death; a living trust’s provisions are kept private.
4. Ability to choose someone to manage your affairs without court intervention should you become incapacitated. Also, since the trust is revocable, if you dispute your incapacity, you can retain control yourself.