In short, YES, you can designate a trust as the future beneficiary of your 401(k) retirement account.
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A trust beneficiary for a 401(k) account is ideal if any of the following scenarios applies to you:
It is possible to roll the funds into a Stretch IRA to ensure that only the Required Minimum Distributions are paid out to recipients named in the trust, month by month. Passing money on through an IRA or 401(k) beneficiary form allows you the ability to bypass the expense of probates and lawyers.
There are certain caveats to designating your 401(k) to a trust beneficiary:
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