You can create a living trust to control your property while you are alive. The trustee then would control your property after you die. Under this arrangement, you sign documents to give your property to the trust. As long as you’re living, the property usually is treated the same for tax purposes as if you still owned it.
An advantage of a living trust is that property can pass to heirs after you die without going through probate. A drawback is that buying, handling, or selling assets held in a living trust may be more cumbersome while you’re alive. Ask your attorney how a living trust would affect your property.
For more information, see the State Bar of Wisconsin’s pamphlet, Answering Your Questions About Revocable Living Trusts.