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Owning firearms involves significant responsibilities, including ensuring compliance with complex federal and state regulations. At Wolterman Law Office, we help create gun trusts that provide a secure and efficient legal framework for managing your firearms. We aim to help you navigate the intricate legal landscape, safeguard your collection, and ensure its seamless transfer to your beneficiaries. Whether you are a collector, a hunter, or a responsible gun owner, our lawyers are here to provide you with the personalized legal support you need. Explore our comprehensive gun trust services and learn how we can assist you in protecting your rights and assets.

What Is a Gun Trust?

A National Firearms Act (NFA) gun trust is a special category of revocable living trust permitting the purchase or transfer of specific weapons identified and regulated under Title II of the NFA. Gun trusts generally include specific provisions not typically included in revocable trusts, such as transferring trustee responsibility to another individual should the original trustee no longer be qualified to own or use certain firearms.

Gun trusts provide options regarding the possession, use, and management of NFA firearms and are structured to allow named trustees legal access to the property included in the trust. Trusts can be structured so that you can appoint or remove trustees at your discretion, hold provisions beyond your passing, and allow loved ones to become trustees and have continued access without future transfer applications and procedures.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, commonly referred to as ATF, enforces the NFA, reviews gun possession applications, and collects taxes on purchasing and transferring firearms.

Given the rising popularity of gun trusts among gun enthusiasts, it is crucial to stay informed. If you are an Ohio gun collector, our experienced Cincinnati gun trust lawyers at Wolterman Law Office are ready to assist you in creating an estate plan that aligns with your wishes to pass on your collection without any legal complications.

What Are the Benefits of a Gun Trust?

Gun trusts help avoid certain legal requirements when transferring a firearm to another person. In Ohio, you are required to obtain approval from the local chief law enforcement officer before selling or transferring NFA firearms. A gun trust allows you to sidestep this requirement and directly transfer your firearm by notifying the ATF, the federal agency governing firearm laws and regulations. Other benefits of gun trusts include:

  • Co-trustees can possess and use NFA firearms registered to the trust, as opposed to firearms registered to an individual, which can only be used and possessed by the registered owner.
  • Beneficiaries can automatically inherit NFA firearms registered to an Ohio gun trust outside of the probate process rather than the terms of a last will and testament, which is probated and requires providing proof to the ATF that the individual intended to transfer the firearms.
  • Gun trust protects NFA firearms should the executor be deemed incompetent, allowing any named co-trustees to take possession. Firearms registered to an individual in the possession of an executor later deemed incompetent are subject to ATF confiscation.
  • Gun trusts are also confidential and not registered with a state or government agency, allowing you to keep your collection private from public record and reduce theft concerns.
  • Trusts protect you, family members, and friends from “accidental felonies” should one unknowingly violate state or federal laws during firearm use, transportation, or title transfers.
  • Well-crafted gun trusts provide you more control and flexibility regarding what happens to your gun collection in the event you become incapacitated or following your death and can be tailored to your circumstances and wishes.

How Do I Create a Gun Trust?

Creating a gun trust involves several steps, which the Wolterman Law Office will guide you through:

  • Initial consultation: We will discuss your needs and objectives during the initial consultation. This is an opportunity to ask questions and understand how a gun trust can benefit you.
  • Drafting the trust: Based on the information gathered, we will draft a customized gun trust document that details the terms of the trust, including the trustees, beneficiaries, and management instructions.
  • Transferring firearms: Once the trust document is finalized and executed, you will transfer ownership of your firearms to the trust. This process involves updating the registration of NFA-regulated items with the ATF.
  • Ongoing support: We provide ongoing support to ensure your trust complies with evolving laws and regulations. This includes assistance with annual reviews, trust updates, and firearm transfer guidance.

Can I Include Non-NFA Firearms in a Gun Trust?

Yes, a gun trust can include both NFA-regulated and non-NFA firearms. This allows for a comprehensive approach to managing all your firearms within a single legal entity. Including non-NFA firearms in the trust can simplify transferring them to your beneficiaries and ensure they are managed according to your wishes.

What Happens to My Gun Trust After My Death?

Upon your death, the gun trust continues functioning according to the terms outlined in the trust document. The trustees will manage the firearms and ensure they are transferred to the beneficiaries as specified. This process avoids the need for probate, providing a quicker and more efficient transfer of ownership.

Do I Need a Gun Trust Lawyer?

If you own firearms you wish to transfer, it is crucial to retain a gun trust lawyer. Our skilled Cincinnati gun trust lawyers at Wolterman Law Office help clients navigate the complicated maze of gun ownership laws and provide sound guidance with tailored trusts to meet your needs and ensure your wishes are carried out.

Steve R. Wolterman, Esq. is a proud member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), reflecting his deep commitment to supporting gun owners’ rights. His affiliation with the NRA underscores his dedication to staying informed on the latest firearm laws and regulations developments, ensuring that his clients receive guidance and advocacy.

Our Cincinnati Gun Trust Lawyers at Wolterman Law Office Help Clients Protect and Preserve Private Firearm Collections

A gun trust can help protect and legally transfer your collection to loved ones if you own NFA firearms. To learn how a trust can benefit you and discuss your options, our experienced Cincinnati gun trust lawyers at Wolterman Law Office can help you create the perfect plan. Call 513-488-1135 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Loveland, Ohio, we serve clients throughout Hamilton County, Fairfield, Norwood, and Forest Park.

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