What would I use a Trust for?

In estate planning, it is important to consider tax efficient ways for making gifts of money or property in the future.  One such method is to use a Trust.

This involves putting the asset – the money or property – into a Trust for a period of time.  Whilst in the Trust, the asset is looked after by Trustees.  They manage the Trust until such time as the asset is transferred out to the new owner, the beneficiary.

How might a Trust work?

The Trustees can be required to abide by certain restrictions, or can be given discretion to do certain things.

For example, some Trusts are time limited and will simply pay out to the beneficiaries when the time period has expired.  Others allow the Trustees to choose who to pay out to and when, from a specific pool of people.  Sometimes the Trustees will be instructed to pay the income from the asset to one beneficiary, keeping the asset itself for a different beneficiary.

What are the different types of Trust?

There is a wide range!  You might have heard of an Interest in Possession Trust, a Bare Trust, a Mixed Trust or a Discretionary Trust?  We also advise on, and set up, Vulnerable Person’s Trusts.  These all provide for your assets to be kept and distributed in difference ways.

How do I set up a Trust?

With such a variety of Trusts available, it is very important to take advice as to the most appropriate type of Trust to fulfil your aims and objectives.

We will help you establish the correct Trust(s) to suit your estate planning, and then draw up the Trust paperwork. This is a complex process, as it is essential that we consider the implications of all current legislation in completing the Trust to ensure it functions exactly as you would wish.

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Costs

Transfer of assets into Trust in your lifetime for the ultimate benefit of a Third Party – from £4,000

Contact us for a cost estimate tailored to your specific needs.

Probate fees increase scrapped

In recent weeks the government has confirmed that the restructure has been abandoned, and probate fees will remain unchanged. We have more information about the probate process in our online Guide to the Administration of an Estate.

Two Stepsisters; One Inheritance Dispute

Do you remember the recent case in the news of two stepsisters fighting over their inheritance? Tragically, when Mr and Mrs Scarle died, their bodies were not discovered for several days. When they were found, it was not clear who had died first.This became an issue when their estates were being dealt with, and here’s why.

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Should I set up a trust?

Should I set up a Trust?A Trust is a tool which is used to manage the administration or gifting of assets or money in a specific way. Trusts are a tax efficient way of managing gifts, so there is a wide range of Trusts to provide for a variety of estate planning...

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