Trusts

Protect your home and assets with a trust.

What advantages does a trust provide me?

Home protection

Secure your family home for future generations by placing it in a trust today, bypassing the probate process.

Less tax

Move assets out of your estate into a trust to lower taxes and save on inheritance tax for future generations.

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Whether directly or through establishing trusts, safeguard the well-being of your loved ones and support charitable causes.

Trusts explained

What is a trust?

A trust is a method to safeguard your assets during your lifetime and beyond, ensuring financial stability for your loved ones. It also provides protection for vulnerable individuals with disabilities or financial challenges.

One significant advantage of a trust is its ability to minimize hefty inheritance tax bills, ensuring your estate's value is passed on tax-efficiently.

Trusts can be established during your lifetime, allowing you to control gifted assets as the trustee. They can also be arranged in your will to protect assets after your passing.

Trusts are valuable when considering potential future care fees, potential divorce of a family member, or safeguarding young or vulnerable family members.

We offer various trust types tailored to the nature and amount of assets, as well as their intended use.

How can I establish a trust?

If the information you've come across appeals to you, a trust could be advantageous. It's advisable to engage with us to gain insights into how a trust can complement your will. We provide complimentary, thorough consultations with our experts who will discuss your options.

In estate planning, a trust plays a crucial role. Depending on your situation, it's possible to have multiple trusts. The key is understanding the most effective ways to safeguard your well-being and that of your family, both in the present and for the future.

Can a trust bypass probate?

Yes, a trust can help you avoid probate.

When you transfer your home or assets into a trust, the trustees gain control over those assets. This can eliminate the need for probate, allowing the estate to be directly distributed to a beneficiary.

It's crucial to seek expert advice before placing assets into a trust. The trust should align with your overall estate plan, and your will should specify how assets not in the trust should be distributed to the appropriate individuals or trusts.

To ensure a smooth process, we recommend reviewing your estate with professional guidance while you and the involved parties are still in sound mental capacity.

FAQs

Why have a Trust?

A Trust can offer a layer of protection for the assets held within it. For example, if a beneficiary were to go through a divorce or face bankruptcy, assets in a Trust may be shielded from being claimed by a former spouse or a trustee in bankruptcy.

When should I set up a Trust?

A Trust can be created in your Will to commence upon your death, or it can be established during your lifetime and become effective immediately. You can also leave additional funds to the trust in your Will, and we can discuss the various options available to you.

What can I put into Trust?

While money and property are the most common assets placed in a Trust, you can include virtually anything. Trustees distribute items from the Trust to beneficiaries, which may include a child with a learning disability, based on the terms of the Trust and any guidance provided in a letter of wishes.

Are Trusts subject to Tax?

Trusts are subject to their own tax regulations. They can also serve as effective tools for tax planning. Transferring assets to a Trust during your lifetime may reduce inheritance tax upon your death by decreasing the value of your chargeable estate. Additionally, placing assets in a Trust for a beneficiary with lower income and gains can result in reduced income and capital gains tax rates.

How does a Trust work?

A Trust involves a legal arrangement where a Settlor (the person creating the Trust) transfers assets to Trustees (those responsible for managing the Trust) for the benefit of specified beneficiaries. The Trustees hold and manage the assets based on the terms and instructions outlined in the Trust deed.

What are the key roles in a Trust?

In a Trust, there are typically three key roles:

Settlor: The person who establishes the Trust by transferring assets into it.

Trustees: Individuals or entities responsible for managing and administering the Trust assets.

Beneficiaries: Those who benefit from the Trust assets as outlined in the Trust deed.

Can I be a Trustee of my own Trust?

Yes, it's common for Settlors to also be Trustees of their own Trusts. However, it's important to understand your responsibilities as a Trustee, including fiduciary duties to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries.

How can a Trust protect assets?

Trusts can protect assets by legally separating them from personal ownership. This separation can help safeguard assets from various risks, including creditors, legal claims, and certain tax liabilities.

Is professional advice needed to set up a Trust?

While it's possible to create a simple Trust independently, complex Trusts or those involving significant assets often require legal expertise to ensure they meet legal requirements and financial objectives.

How is a Trust different from a Will?

A Trust operates during your lifetime and after your death, managing and distributing assets according to your wishes. In contrast, a Will takes effect only after your death and goes through probate.

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Enhancing Wellness in Estate Planning: The Comprehensive Benefits of Grounding Sheets

As we navigate the complexities of planning for the future, it's essential to address not only financial security but also personal wellness. Estate planning ensures peace of mind for ourselves and our loved ones by securing our assets and wishes. Yet, achieving a holistic sense of well-being requires us to also focus on our physical and emotional health. This is where grounding sheets, offered by ZenLife UK, come into play, providing surprising health benefits that can complement the serenity and foresight of thorough estate planning.

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Connecting Grounding and Estate Planning

Integrating grounding sheets into your wellness routine can be a proactive step toward maintaining long-term health, which is inherently connected to the peace of mind achieved through effective estate planning. Here’s how these two concepts intertwine:

  • Synergistic Stress Management: Just as estate planning can alleviate the anxiety about the future, grounding can physiologically reduce stress, offering a double layer of relief.

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Conclusion

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Gary Stevenson

As a dynamic and insightful estate planner, Gary Stevenson offers fresh, tailored solutions for managing and securing family legacies. With a degree in financial law and a keen understanding of the modern complexities in estate planning, Gary equips clients across the UK with the tools they need for peace of mind about their future. Certified by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), he is committed to transparency and education, ensuring clients are fully informed and comfortable with their estate planning choices. When not devising comprehensive estate strategies, Gary enjoys urban photography and exploring innovative tech trends.

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