Study all state law related to joint revocable trusts and property transfer considerations in your state of residence. In addition to being a community property or a non-community property state, your state may have other specific considerations related to creation of joint revocable trusts.
Establish what property will be held in your joint revocable trust. Determine what contributions you and the other grantor will make to the trust. Cash, stocks, property and bonds are all typical assets held in trust.
Determine who will benefit from the trust following your death and the death of the other grantor. Typical beneficiaries include children and relatives. However, a variety of other potential beneficiaries exist including pets and charities in most states.
Select a trustee to manage the trust. During your lifetime, you and the other grantor may serve as trustees, but you will need to determine who should serve as trustee following your death. Typical selections include a bank or a financial institution, a trusted family friend, or an estate attorney. Contact the proposed trustee and determine if they would be willing to act on your behalf.
Draft a joint revocable trust agreement in accordance with the laws of your state and with the assistance of an attorney or online legal document preparation service. The trust will need to establish guidelines for how property will be transferred between grantors, applicable beneficiaries, a trustee, trustee powers, termination provisions, trust residuary procedures and instructions regarding execution of the trust. Your trust agreement will also need to detail how the beneficiaries may use any funds that are to be allotted. Common restrictions might include that the funds be used for educational purposes or only for purposes related to basic living expenses. Your trust agreement must also state the rights, powers and duties of the trustee and how the assets to be held in trust must be handled by the trustee.
Execute your trust in front of a public notary. You, the other grantor and the trustee will all be required to sign the joint revocable trust agreement.
Transfer property to the trust in accordance with your trust agreement.