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How to Transfer a T. Rowe Price 401(k) into a Trust

Explore the step-by-step process of transferring your T. Rowe Price 401(k) into a trust with our comprehensive blog post. Learn about the benefits, legal implications, and the best practices to ensure a smooth transition and protect your retirement savings.
February 4, 2024

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A 401(k) is a retirement savings plan sponsored by an employer that allows workers to save and invest a piece of their paycheck before taxes are taken out. While you can't directly transfer your 401(k) into a trust, you can roll it over into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) that's owned by the trust. This article will guide you through the process of transferring a T. Rowe Price 401(k) into a trust.

Understanding the Process

The process of transferring a 401(k) into a trust involves rolling over the 401(k) into an IRA and then changing the owner of the IRA to the trust. This requires certain documents including the trust agreement, trustee's identification, and the completion of specific forms provided by T. Rowe Price.

Step-by-Step Guide on Transferring a T. Rowe Price 401(k) into a Trust

  1. Setting up a Trust: Firstly, you must establish a trust. This can be done online through services like Snug or with the help of a legal professional.
  2. Gathering the necessary documents: Once your trust is set up, gather the necessary documents. These usually include a certified copy of the trust agreement, a document that shows the trustee's authority, and identification documents.
  3. Contacting T. Rowe Price customer service or visiting a local branch: Next, inform T. Rowe Price about your intention to transfer your 401(k) into the trust. You can do this by calling their customer service line at 1-800-922-9945, or by visiting their website and sending a secure message through your online account.
  4. Rolling over the 401(k) into an IRA: You will need to roll over your 401(k) into an IRA. T. Rowe Price can guide you through this process.
  5. Changing the IRA Ownership to the Trust: Once the funds are in an IRA, you can change the ownership to the trust. T. Rowe Price will provide you with the necessary forms to complete this process.
  6. Confirming the transfer and updating account information: After the forms are submitted and processed, T. Rowe Price will transfer the ownership of the IRA to the trust. Ensure all account information is updated and correct.

Tips and Precautions

While the process is relatively straightforward, here are some tips to ensure a smooth transfer:

  1. Ensure all the information in your trust document is accurate and current.
  2. Keep copies of all documents and forms submitted to T. Rowe Price.
  3. Remember to consider the tax implications of rolling over a 401(k) into an IRA.

Remember, changing the ownership of an IRA to a trust means the account is owned by the trust and not the individual. Always consult with a legal or financial adviser to understand the implications of this.

The Role of T. Rowe Price in the Transfer Process

T. Rowe Price is committed to assisting its customers throughout the transfer process. The company's representatives can guide you through the steps and provide necessary forms and documentation. They also offer resources on trust management and estate planning to help you make informed decisions.


Transferring a T. Rowe Price 401(k) into a trust is an important step in managing your retirement fund and ensuring that your wealth is distributed according to your wishes. Though the process may seem complex, breaking it down into manageable steps and seeking professional advice can help simplify it. Start planning for the future today and secure your financial legacy.