When Missouri couples start planning to get married, it is recommended that their parents take steps to protect any assets that they intend to leave for their family member. If those assets are in a trust, taking precautions can ensure that the trust can only be accessed by the family member and not by the other spouse, especially if the couple ends up getting divorced later on.
One of the most important ways that a trust can be protected is to ensure that the terms are ironclad. The terms are generally honored as written as long as they do not contradict any state or federal laws. For example, the individuals who set up the trust may be able to state in the terms that the trust should not be considered marital property. In order to further protect the trust, however, the beneficiary must be careful to never commingle the funds nor make joint purchases with the money.