D.C. (Executive Director, Charitable Foundation)

Marble Falls, Texas

“I went with a gun trust for several reasons, but mostly so my wife could legally open the safe with the NFA stuff in it when I wasn’t home. If you’re interested in a trust I highly recommend James N. Willi in Austin. He’s the only lawyer I’ve ever dealt with that did exactly what he said he would do, when he said he would do it, and for the price he quoted.”

H.A. (Hays County Sheriff’s Office)

Caldwell County, Texas

“Thank you very much. You made this process very simple, easy, and quick. I will certainly refer people to you.”

C.H. (Pilot)

Houston, Texas

“Thank you for preparing the trust and answering my questions. I am very glad I decided to go the route of talking to a ‘real’ lawyer experienced in the formation of these trusts and not buy an online, generic packet!”

T.G. (U.S. Customs & Border Protection)

Del Rio, Texas

“Outstanding! What a breeze!!! I can’t thank you enough for all of your help! Your knowledge of everything that I was unsure about really gave me a wonderful piece of mind during this process. I can honestly say you are squared away, and it shows through your work ethic! Thank you for being a phone call away for even the simplest questions! I will most definitely spread the good word of your services!”

R.D. (Police Officer)

Universal City, Texas

“Thanks for all your help. You made the process easy and simple. You answered all my questions and provided any help I needed. Just received my approved Form 1 for my SBR. Have recommended you to all my friends who are apprehensive about doing a gun trust. Eased their worries and let them know that you can handle their situations, questions, and make the process easy and affordable. Thanks again!”

G.S. (Attorney)

Denton County, Texas

“I would highly recommend Jim Willi. Although I am an attorney, I would not trust myself to draft a bullet-proof (no pun intended) NFA Trust because it is such a specialized, technical document. After thorough research, I came to the conclusion that Jim was the best man for the job and produced the best product. I have not been disappointed; so far I have not had any hiccups with the ATF on account of my trust documents. Jim’s customer service is excellent as well: (i) my trust was provided in under an hour (distance does not matter since I live in the Dallas area and Jim is in Austin); (ii) Jim provided me with easy-to-follow instructions on how to file Form 1 and Form 4 documentation; (iii) Jim has repeatedly answered my questions (whether by phone or email) in a timely fashion; and (iv) Jim has offered to review my paperwork before I submit my Form 1 to the ATF. Jim is an excellent attorney and also a gun guy who figured out how to draft a NFA trust for his own use before offering his expertise to the public. My experience could not have been better. If you want a trust that will work (and some excellent customer service), in my opinion, Jim is the man.”

R.P. (Deputy Sheriff)

San Marcos, Texas

“Thank you for making this a very simple process. I was initially worried that the paperwork would take forever!”

R.B.

San Antonio, Texas

“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful NFA trust and service, sir. I’ve had five suppressors and two SBR’s approved so far. My only regret is that I didn’t do it 10+ years ago!! I give everyone that asks who did my NFA trust your name and telephone number. Thank you again, sir.”

 

T.M. (U.S. Army Special Forces)

Williamson County, Texas

“Jim, Thank you for the quick turnaround. Your firm truly is a one-stop shop.”

J.S.

Denton County, Texas

“All the reviews you have received are spot on. What a wonderful and painless experience this has been. I most definitely will recommend your services to anyone I know looking for a gun trust.”

D.S.

Helotes, Texas

“Jim Willi definitely exceeded all my expectations going into this process.  I sent him an e-mail and within an hour my phone rang.  Jim had all my documents sent to me and ready to print in just a few hours.  No kidding, it was quick and efficient.  I had my silencer ordered and lower engraved that week.  I even sent my step-father his way to prepare his trust as well.  Jim was also very helpful with clearing up any questions filling out ATF Form 1.  I wish I would have called him sooner.”

T.D.

Gonzales, Texas

“Jim Willi is the best!  I called Jim for information on an SBR and a silencer.  He set up a gun trust for me within a couple of hours of getting my information.  I was able to purchase my suppressor and submit my ATF Form 1 for my SBR all in the same day.  I was having trouble filling out my Form 1 on the ATF’s eform website, so I called Jim at 5:00 p.m. (on a Friday).  He answered and was glad to walk me through the process over the phone.  The thing I really like about Jim Willi is that, when you call his firm, you get to talk to him.  At some other places I called prior to settling with Jim, I had to speak with a receptionist.  I would recommend Jim to anyone wanting to set up an NFA trust because not only do you get a professionally written gun trust, but you also get the personal attention from Jim and that meant more to me than anything.  Thanks again, Jim.”

W.B.

Houston, Texas

“Jim made the process of getting my trust fast and painless.  After speaking with Jim for an hour, I had my trust documents an hour later.  He took the time to answer all of my questions thoroughly both before and after drafting my documents.  I highly recommend Jim to anyone looking to set up their trust.”

W.R.

Fort Worth, Texas

“Jim – I just wanted to take the time to thank you for setting up my NFA Trust.  You truly made the process as easy as it possibly could be and the help you gave me once I was actually purchasing my silencer was invaluable.  Thanks again!!  By the way I ordered that AAC 762 SDN from Silencer Shop today.”

A.R.

Sugar Land, Texas

“After considering a few different attorneys and their styles of setting up NFA trusts, I decided to call Jim Willi.  He spent about 20 minutes answering all of my questions to my satisfaction and had the completed documents to me within the hour.  Follow-up service has been excellent!   A week after the trust was created, I decided to reorganize the trust and sent him an email with my requests.  A response was received within four minutes and the revised documents were received within 14 minutes!  Customer service has been excellent, and I will be recommending him to fellow shooters and friends.”

J.Z.

Bell County, Texas

“I want to thank you for your assistance, patience and promptness in setting up my NFA Gun Trust and submitting suppressor application packets to the BATF.  It was a big plus that questions, trust and transaction were done via phone and internet. You are someone that believes in our Second Amendment rights and the right to lawfully possess firearms and suppressors to responsible U.S. citizens.  I must also add that your fee is very reasonable.  I have and will continue to recommend you to anyone interested in a NFA Gun Trust.”

D.M.

Houston, Texas

“Thank you very much. You make life easy. Well worth the money.”  (06/16/2017)

J.M.

Crowley, Texas

“I cannot say enough about Jim Willi and the services that he offers. After having purchased an online generic trust elsewhere and becoming concerned with the quality and accuracy of that product, I came across Jim and his services. The difference between the two cannot be described in words. I now have confidence in my trust and have peace of mind that my assets and family will be secure. I was so impressed with Jim and his expertise, I will be using the Willi Law Firm for all of my legal needs going forward! Thanks Jim, you have a fan and client for life!!!”  (02/20/2017)

J.H.

Denton County, Texas

“I had considered the generic NFA Trust package from Silencerco. It was less expensive and provided standardized forms. I choose Mr. Willi because he provided one-on-one consultation and a well prepared NFA Trust package that included better inclusions than the standard forms others offered. He offered very thorough explanations, was quick to respond to questions and actually answered his phone. Very knowledgeable because he practices what he “preaches”. You get what you pay for and I highly recommend his services.”  (02/28/2017)

B.H.

Houston, Texas

“Thanks so much for your thorough explanations and help in this matter. Again, your website contents are second to none. It was a pleasure working with you.”  (01/06/2017)

J.H. (Vice President, Large Bank Trust & Estate Department)

Dallas, Texas

“Hello Jim and Tracy. I am an attorney admitted in the State of Indiana, and I have been employed as a Bank Trust Officer for over 30 years. Based on my education, my Indiana Bar Membership and my 30+ years of Trust experience… I am qualified to prepare my own Estate Planning and Trust documents. However, I have never done so, because I truly believe in the old adage… An attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client.” Based on my perusal, I am very impressed with the quality of your NFA Trust Document Package… your professional attention to detail… and also with your prompt reply to my personal needs. Best Regards, J.H.”

R.M.

Williamson County, Texas

“Thanks for making the overall trust process smooth and painless. It was worth every penny. I know my buddies feel the same way, and you’ll probably be getting contacted by another of our little group in the future as well. I will give you a call when I am ready to do my Form 1 for SBR and walk through the submission as we had discussed.”

T.C. (Dentist)

Sherman, Texas

“I just want to take a moment and say thank you. You have made this the simplest and most straightforward process I have ever experienced. Thank you for personally calling and taking time to explain everything. I am truly grateful for your help in making this a wonderful experience. Rest assured that I will be telling my friends and family where to go to have the best service possible. I am always pleased to work with men who seem to be truly professional and excellent at what they do and you, sir, are definitely in that category. Again, thank you.”

B.W. (Class 3 Dealer)

Austin, Texas

“All of my customers have said that you have taken good care of them. Much appreciated!”

K.D.

Houston, Texas

“The gun trust documents look great. I am so glad we went to you instead of accepting the terrible generic trust document our local gun shop sold us. Your version is very well thought out and will work for us much better. Thanks again!”

J.S. (Retired Chairman of the Board, Publicly-Traded Financial Services Corporation)

Dallas, Texas

“As we discussed by phone a few moments ago, I want to reiterate how much I appreciate your help in setting up our NFA Trust. Having dealt with many attorneys in my 40-plus-year professional life, I can say with certainty that you provided the greatest value for your fee of any attorney in my experience. I especially appreciate your thoroughness in reviewing the documents after execution and ensuring that all is in order. Again, many thanks. Feel free to use any part or all of my comments publicly if they would be useful to you or to encourage others to consider your NFA Trust creation services.”

L.S. (U.S. Customs & Border Protection)

Kingsville, Texas

“I would like to thank Mr. Willi for his personal phone call on Saturday, following up on my original email. The personal service and commitment truly sets your law firm apart from others.”

C.J.

Denton County, Texas

“Thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate how fast and painless it was to set up my trust. I will definitely refer your services to anyone I hear looking to set up a trust. I can’t thank you enough for walking me through the process and easing any fears I had along the way. Again, thank you for an incredible job.”

B.L. (Operations Director, Major Oil Drilling Equipment Manufacturer)

Houston, Texas

“Outstanding! Thank you very much!”

M.H. (Major Firearms Manufacturer’s Sales Representative)

Austin, Texas

Jim, this is fantastic. I feel so much better about my legal footing after doing this through you. Thanks again man! Lets go shoot soon. I’m about to have a [new badass firearm] in my demo kit that we’ll need to blow the dust off of. Later!”

 

R.G. (Section Manager, Large Semiconductor Corporation)

Pflugerville, Texas

“I wish that I would have known about you sooner. I am completely impressed with your ability to get this done and your availability for any/all of my questions/concerns. I will be sure to share my positive experiences with everyone that I come in contact with that can use your services. Also, we will more than likely be in touch with you again for estate planning.”

M.M. (U.S. Army, Shindand Air Base, Herat Province, Afghanistan)

El Paso, Texas

“Mr. Willi, the pleasure was all mine, sir. You eased a lot of worries that were on my mind over this process. It’s safe to say the recommendations were all spot on, and I will gladly be recommending you to my friends as well!”

J.B.

Austin, Texas

“Thanks for the super fast response and work.  I’ll definitely be sending referrals your way!”

D.S.

Houston, Texas

“Jim-you ROCK. Be sure to use me as a reference for future clients…I’ll walk you on water. Thanks again for such Great Service!!! Happy July 4th!”

C.L. (U.S. Army, Kandahar Air Field, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan)

Houston, Texas

“Awesome! Thanks for everything, Jim! This was quick and easy, great price, and you’re very thorough with the way you do business. I’ve already been spreading the word out here [in Afghanistan]. God Bless!”

H.C. (Physician)

Richardson, Texas

“Thank you again for being so thorough. There are many people out there offering services to help form NFA trusts out there, but no one is as thorough as you are. I will recommend you to any of my friends and family who may be interested in forming a NFA trust.”

M.V. (Police Officer)

San Antonio, Texas

“Thank you for all of your help. You made this whole convoluted process very easy to digest. If anyone I know takes an interest in owning an NFA firearm in the future, I will definitely send them your way.”

J.M. (General Manager)

Collin County, Texas

“Thanks for this [amended and restated gun trust]. So much more comprehensive than my last gun trust [prepared by a Houston ‘gun trust’ attorney].”

C.E.

Wilson County, Texas

“Jim, I cannot thank you enough for the prompt service and personal attention that you gave me concerning my NFA gun trust and my five ATF Form 1s. I just received all of my approved ATF tax stamps. I will certainly recommend you when the topic of NFA trusts comes up.”

B.M. (General Counsel, Large Corp.)

Houston, Texas

“Great document and informational package you sent me.  Very good job!”

M.C. (Police Officer)

Bexar County, Texas

“Thanks Jim for all your help.  I can’t believe the hardest part of this process was getting everyone together to sign the forms.  I wish I would have done this last year.  If anyone I know ever considers setting up a NFA Trust I will direct them your way.”

S.H.

Round Rock, Texas

“Thank you for the quick turnaround and for your knowledgeable assistance with my questions.  I have also been impressed at how easy it is to get in touch with you personally.”

R.M.

El Paso, Texas

“Jim, Thank you so much for all your hard work.  This couldn’t have been easier.  You took the time to answer all of my questions and even took care of issues that I hadn’t even considered.  I cannot say enough about your professionalism.  I should have done this years ago.  Thanks again.”

D.S.

Houston, Texas

“I really appreciate the thoroughness and responsiveness with which you completed this work for me.”

J.S.

Fort Worth, Texas

“Thank you for your help in setting up my NFA trust.  I cannot believe how quick and easy you made it.”

M.R.

Round Rock, Texas

“Wow, that was quick and WAY more than expected.  Thanks!”

B.T. (Police Officer)

Tarrant County, Texas

“I will refer everyone to you I can.  You made this process painless and explained everything in great detail.”

J.K.

Williamson County, Texas

“Thanks so much for taking the time to set this up for me, and also for the excellent instructions you included.  The end package is definitely more than I expected to get, and completely worth the investment!  Thanks again!”

Y.J.

Brazos County, Texas

“I just wanted to say thanks for your work, Jim! The turn-around time was impeccable—2 hours. How could a person ask for any better customer service? Because of this, I was able to go purchase several new suppressors yesterday. I appreciate the detailed instructions as this was all new to me.”

N.E.

Midland, Texas

“Thanks!  Outstanding service.”

J.B.

Dallas, Texas

“Thanks!  I have to say, WOW!  This process was easy thanks to you!”

G.V.

Denton County, Texas

“Jim, One more thing, GREAT SERVICE!!  THANK YOU!”

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Are NFA Gun Trusts Being Eliminated by the ATF’s Final Rule Change?

Willi-James-N-2008On January 4, 2016, the ATF published new regulations relating to the use of NFA gun trusts when filing an ATF Form 4 for the transfer of an NFA firearm and an ATF Form 1 for the manufacture of an NFA firearm, which were to go into effect 180 days after they were published in the Federal Register. The new regulations were published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2016, so the new regulations will go into effect on July 13, 2016. I want to make it perfectly clear that an NFA gun trust is the best means of acquiring or manufacturing NFA firearms, and an NFA gun trust will continue to be the best means of acquiring or manufacturing NFA firearms after the ATF’s new regulations go into effect.

Over the last two years, many law-abiding Texas gun owners have expressed their concern to me that they read somewhere on the Internet or were told by a few gun store employees that NFA gun trusts were going to eliminated by the ATF’s Proposed Rule Change, also known as ATF 41-P, which was first published in the Federal Register on September 9, 2013. For the last two years, I have stated here that this rumor was absolutely false.

In addition, over the last few days, several law-abiding Texas gun owners have expressed their concern to me that they read somewhere on the Internet or heard from a few gun store employees that NFA gun trusts are going to be eliminated by the ATF’s Final Rule Change, also known as ATF 41-F, which will be published soon in the Federal Register. Again, this rumor is absolutely false. On the contrary, what was proposed to be changed and what will be changed after the final rule change goes into effect is the application process for an ATF Form 4 transfer or an ATF Form 1 manufacture of an NFA firearm.

In the past, the ATF has only required proof that a valid NFA gun trust existed as part of the application process. This evidence was a complete copy of the NFA gun trust. Under the ATF’s proposed rule change, the ATF was always going to continue to require proof that a valid NFA gun trust existed, i.e., a complete copy of the NFA gun trust. However, the ATF was also going to require, in addition to a copy of the NFA gun trust, proof that each “responsible person” on the NFA gun trust was entitled to possess firearms. Specifically, the ATF’s proposed rule change was going to also require each and every “responsible person” of the NFA gun trust to submit fingerprints, photographs, and obtain approval from the chief law enforcement officer in each settlor’s or trustee’s county of residence.

One of the major concerns with the ATF’s proposed rule change was that it was unclear whether the chief law enforcement officer in each settlor’s or trustee’s county of residence would agree to sign the ATF’s paperwork. If not, then law-abiding gun owners in the chief law enforcement officer’s county would be prevented from exercising their constitutional right to own NFA firearms that were not prohibited by Federal, state, or local law merely at the whim of the chief law enforcement officer. Due to the addition of a local chief law enforcement officer approval requirement, the ATF’s proposed rule change appeared to be designed to prevent law-abiding gun owners in many areas from owning NFA firearms, even if they were not prohibited by state or local law.

Another major concern with the ATF’s proposed rule change was the ATF’s vague and ambiguous use of the term “responsible person,” which is not a term that is used in any state’s trust law.

The ATF’s final rule will go into effect 180 days after the final rule is published in the Federal Register. As a result, the ATF’s final rule will go into effect sometime in July 2016. The ATF’s final rule does change NFA gun trusts, and it does not affect existing tax stamps or pending ATF Form 4 or ATF Form 1 applications.

Under the ATF’s final rule, the ATF is still going to continue to require proof that a valid NFA gun trust exists, i.e., a complete copy of the NFA gun trust. However, the ATF is also going to require proof that each “responsible person” on the NFA gun trust is entitled to possess firearms. Specifically, the ATF’s final rule will also require each and every “responsible person” of the NFA gun trust to submit fingerprints and photographs. During the approval process, the ATF will conduct backgrounds checks on each and every “responsible person” of the NFA gun trust.

Under the ATF’s final rule, the ATF eliminated the proposed chief law enforcement officer signature requirement, but replaced it with a chief law enforcement notification requirement. As a result, each and every “responsible person” of an NFA gun trust will also be required to forward certain ATF application documents to the chief law enforcement officer in each such settlor’s or each such trustee’s locality, before the ATF Form 4 or ATF Form 1 application is submitted to the ATF. The ATF defines that “chief law enforcement officer” as the local chief of police, county sheriff, head of the State police, State or local district attorney or prosecutor. 27 C.F.R. §§ 479.62(c) (Form 1), 479.84(c) (Form 4).

Generally, a “responsible person” will be defined in 27 C.F.R. § 479.11 as any individual with the power or authority to direct the management and policies of the NFA gun trust, including any individual who has the capability to exercise such power and possesses, directly or indirectly, the power or authority under any trust instrument, or under state law, to receive, possess, ship, transport, deliver, transfer, or otherwise dispose of a firearm for, or on behalf of, the NFA gun trust.

In a well-written NFA gun trust, it is clear that each settlor and trustee is a “responsible person,” while beneficiaries and successor trustees are not “responsible persons,” because neither beneficiaries nor successor trustees have any present power or authority whatsoever to direct the management and policies of the NFA gun trust.  Specifically, neither beneficiaries nor successor trustees have any power or authority whatsoever to receive, possess, ship, transport, deliver, transfer, or otherwise dispose of a firearm for, or on behalf of, the NFA gun trust. Normally, while the settlor or settlors are alive, a beneficiary or a successor trustee would only have any power or authority to direct the management and policies of the NFA gun trust, if, and only if, the beneficiary or successor trustee is also serving as or later becomes a trustee.

Unfortunately, there are many poorly written gun trusts that provide beneficiaries with the power and authority of unsupervised use and possession of the firearms that are owned by the NFA gun trust. Most often, these beneficiaries are minors, such as infants and small children of the settlor or settlors. This is, of course, stupid, but it is also illegal. After the ATF’s final rule goes into effect, the owners of these NFA gun trusts are in for a rude awakening. Fortunately, a competent attorney will be able to amend and restate most of these poorly-written gun trusts after the ATF’s final rule goes into effect.

NFA firearms must be titled in the name of an individual or entity, much like other real property (land) and some types of personal property, such as cars, trucks, boats, and airplanes. If an NFA firearm is titled in the name of an individual, only that specific individual may possess it. One of the chief advantages of titling NFA firearms in the name of a trust, rather than in the name of an individual, is that more than one person may legally possess and use the trust property. Any person at least 18 years of age who can legally possess NFA firearms may be listed as a trustee of the NFA gun trust and, thereby, legally possess the trust property, which is usually the NFA firearms assigned to the trust.

For a married couple, suppose the husband owns a suppressor, which is legally registered with the ATF in his own name. The husband goes to work and leaves his suppressor at home. If the wife stays at home that day and could have access to the suppressor, she is committing a federal felony offense that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $250,000. 26 U.S.C. §§ 5861, 5871; 18 U.S.C. § 3571(b). Further, the suppressor is subject to seizure and forfeiture. 26 U.S.C. § 5872. If convicted, the wife loses her right to own or possess any kind of firearms in the future. In addition, if the husband instead left the suppressor in the wife’s vehicle, the vehicle is subject to seizure and forfeiture. If the husband had simply registered the suppressor in the name of an NFA gun trust and listed both himself and his wife as trustees of the trust, this situation would have been prevented. Additionally, the couple could list other individuals, such as friends and family who are at least 18 years of age and who may legally possess firearms as trustees of the trust, if the individuals agreed to be listed as trustees.

Even if a person is single, it will still make sense to title NFA firearms in the name of a trust because of the built-in flexibility of being able to amend the trust throughout the person’s lifetime to add or remove additional trustees (persons allowed to use and possess the NFA firearms) and to identify beneficiaries (persons who may inherit the NFA firearms when the person dies) as the person’s life and roles evolve (i.e., husband, father, grandfather, etc.). If the person titles NFA firearms in his own name and then decides later to title the NFA firearms in the name of a trust, the person will end up paying the $200 transfer tax (or whatever the transfer tax amount is at that time) for each NFA firearm to be transferred to the trust. This short-term thinking (titling NFA firearms in the name of an individual) could end up costing the person a large sum of money down the road. Further, all property assigned to the NFA gun trust passes to the beneficiaries outside of probate.

Would you like to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you received a high-quality Texas NFA gun trust from a Texas attorney who is recommended by several of the largest Class 3 dealers in Texas? Let’s get started!

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Gun Trust Comparison

The Gun Trust Guru gun trust is significantly different from the "do-it-yourself" form sold by Silencerco and Silencer Shop.

Designed Specifically for Firearms

The Gun Trust Guru gun trust was designed from the ground up by an experienced gun trust attorney to address issues relating to the use, possession, and transfer of firearms.

Their form is a generic living revocable trust form that never includes the words "firearm," "gun," "weapon," "National Firearms Act," "NFA," "Gun Control Act," "GCA," or any other words that would remotely indicate that their form is a gun trust.

Holds Any Type of Firearm

The Gun Trust Guru gun trust is designed to hold NFA firearms and non-NFA firearms. We even provide you with the legal document that you can use to assign any non-NFA firearms that you would like to include in your gun trust. This is very useful if you would like to convert one of your pistols or long rifles to a short-barreled rifle.

Their instructions state that their "form" should not be used for non-NFA firearms.

No Schedule or Inventory of Firearms Provided to Outside Third Parties

The Gun Trust Guru gun trust is specifically designed to protect your privacy relating to your ownership of firearms. When a third party, such as a gun shop employee or the ATF sees the gun trust, the only property that they can determine is included in the gun trust is $1.00.

Their form includes a Schedule A and an Inventory of Trust Assets for listing all property in the trust and for disclosing the list to outside third parties.

Appoint Co-Trustees Anytime Without Amending Your Gun Trust

The Gun Trust Guru gun trust is designed so that you are the only person who needs to sign the gun trust in front of a notary to establish your gun trust, which means that you can buy your NFA firearm from your Class 3 dealer immediately. After your gun trust is created, you can use another legal document that we provide to you to appoint additional co-trustees anytime (so that they can use and possess your NFA firearms) without needing to amend your gun trust or paying an attorney to amend your gun trust. Further, you can appoint additional co-trustees either as long-term trustees or as short-term trustees (such as while you and a friend are on a hunting trip).

Their form requires you and all of your other co-trustees to sign the form in front of a notary before your trust is created. After your trust is created, you must amend your trust each time that you want to appoint an additional co-trustee.

Intelligent Beneficiary Designation Options

The Gun Trust Guru gun trust was designed so you can specify anywhere from one to six primary beneficiaries who will be entitled to inherit your firearms when you die. Our gun trust is also designed so you can specify anywhere from one to six secondary beneficiaries who will be entitled to inherit your firearms when you die, if none of the primary beneficiaries are alive when you die. This makes it simple to specify, for example, your spouse as the primary beneficiary and your children as the secondary beneficiaries, or vice versa.

Their form provides for one primary beneficiary and one alternate beneficiary.

Successor Trustee Designation Options

The Gun Trust Guru gun trust is designed so you can specify anywhere from one to six successor trustees who you would designate to be allowed to step up and become trustees if, for some reason, your gun trust lost all of its trustees, and there was nobody allowed to use and possess your NFA firearms. This makes it simple to provide, for example, your beneficiaries permission in advance to be allowed to take legal possession of your firearms after your death.

Their form does not provide for successor trustee designations.

Specific Guidance about Trustee and Beneficiary Qualifications

The Gun Trust Guru gun trust provides specific guidance regarding who can and cannot be allowed to use and possess, as well as inherit, your firearms by including a detailed listing of the categories of persons who are not allowed to receive, possess, ship, or transport firearms or ammunition under Federal law, as well as the minimum age to possess NFA firearms in your state. This information is included in our gun trust so that you, your additional co-trustees, and your beneficiaries do not commit felonies inadvertently.

Their form does not provide any specific guidance other than a vague statement that any trustee or beneficiary "who is not legally eligible to possess" any trust asset cannot serve as a trustee or inherit.

Cheaper, Faster Backup Plan

The Gun Trust Guru gun trust is designed so that, in the event none of your beneficiaries survive the Settlor, your firearms will be distributed to your heirs. This would require the payment of only one transfer tax for each NFA firearm at that time. Further, it does not rely upon the existence or terms of any other legal document.

Their form states that, in the event none of your beneficiaries survive the Settlor, your firearms will be distributed to your estate. This means that the trustees will be required to pay a transfer tax for each NFA firearm at that time to transfer the NFA firearms to your estate. Then a second transfer tax (and its associated waiting period) must be paid for each NFA firearm to transfer the NFA firearms to the beneficiaries of your will (assuming there is one).

Same Price

The Gun Trust Guru gun trust sells for $129.95.

Silencerco's form and Silencer Shop's form are identical except for their source information, such as logos, that are inserted onto the form. Both forms sell for $129.95.

Firearms-Related Affiliations

National Rifle Association

Benefactor Member, Certified NRA Instructor in Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety, and Personal Protection in the Home, NRA Range Safety Officer

Texas State Rifle Association

Defender Member

National Skeet Shooting Association

Life Member

Texas State Skeet Shooters Association

Life Member, Texas C-Class High-Over-All Skeet Champion (2003)

Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club, Austin, Texas

Life Member

Boy Scouts of America, Capitol Area Council

Merit Badge Counselor for Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting Merit Badges

April 13, 2015 - Jim Willi testified on the floor of the Texas Senate in support of SB 473, clarifying the right to possess NFA firearms, and SB 476, requiring CLEOs in Texas to sign ATF paperwork within 15 days. Both bills were approved by the Senate Committee the next day.