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Discretionary Trust

Wide class of potential beneficiaries With a Discretionary Trust, the settlor makes a gift into trust, and the trustees hold the trust fund for a wide class of potential beneficiaries. This is known as ‘settled’ or ‘relevant’ property. For lump sum investments, the initial gift is a chargeable lifetime transfer for Inheritance Tax purposes.

Flexible Trusts with default beneficiaries

Default beneficiaries set up in the settlor’s lifetime Flexible Trusts are similar to a fully Discretionary Trust, except that alongside a wide class of potential beneficiaries, there must be at least one named default beneficiary. Flexible Trusts with default beneficiaries set up in the settlor’s lifetime from 22 March 2006 onwards are treated in exactly […]

Split Trusts

Family protection policies These trusts are often used for family protection policies with critical illness or terminal illness benefits in addition to life cover. Split Trusts can be Bare Trusts, Discretionary Trusts or Flexible Trusts with default beneficiaries. When using this type of trust, the settlor/life assured carves out the right to receive any critical […]

Lasting Power of Attorney

Allowing someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables individuals to take control of decisions that affect them, even in the event that they can’t make those decisions for themselves. Without an LPA, loved ones could be forced to endure a costly and lengthy process […]

Business Property Relief

A key solution for significantly reducing a potential future Inheritance Tax bill If you have business owner status, or have shares of a business, this will be reflected in the value of your estate. Business Property Relief is a valuable Inheritance Tax relief for business owners, whether making a lifetime transfer or on death. Business […]

Preserving wealth for future generations

Factors likely to have a lasting and positive impact on wealth Whether you have earned your wealth, inherited it or made shrewd investments, you will want to ensure that as little of it as possible ends up in the hands of HM Revenue & Customs. With careful planning and professional financial advice, it is possible […]

Cost-of-living crunch

Savers still recognise the importance of long-term planning Britain’s cost-of-living crunch has hit the country hard, with inflation at its highest level in three decades, petrol prices spiralling, retail price increases rising to their highest levels in ten years and, most recently, Ofgem announcing a 54% price hike in energy bills affecting 22 million households.

Pension freedoms

You work, you save and then you retire A full and happy retirement is a priority for many. But no two people are alike. A ’one-size-fits-all’ system cannot accurately account for everyone’s individual lifestyle choices, so it makes sense that the way you prepare for your future is likely to be different from others.

Getting ready to retire?

Bolstering your retirement lifestyle as you approach retirement Have you ever wondered what you need to consider as you approach retirement? Whatever your concept of what is a good pension pot, one certainty is that relying on the State Pension alone will not give you a good enough pension to live on comfortably through your […]

Looking to build a bigger pension?

Don’t miss the deadline to give your pension savings a boost As another extraordinary financial year comes to a close, it’s more important than ever to make good use of your annual pension allowances. Giving your pension savings a boost and assessing where you stand will give you peace of mind that you are on […]

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