A Qualified Terminable Interest Property (QTIP) trust can be used in a situation like yours. Basically, income from assets that are placed in this trust at the death of the first spouse is utilized to take care of the surviving spouse while the deceased spouse controls how the trust is distributed once the surviving spouse passes away. This could be a strategy used to protect the inheritance of children from a previous relationship. It’s actually a relatively complex estate planning technique. So if you’re contemplating a QTIP, it’s probably an excellent time to enlist the help of a qualified estate planning attorney.