Trusts

Lifetime trust

With a lifetime trust, you can protect your most valuable assets, such as your property, whilst you are alive. If you want to set up a trust or want more information on this topic, our expert solicitors are here to assist you with your questions about trusts.

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Trusts explained

A lifetime trust can protect your most valuable assets without restricting your access to the fund. Reasons and advantages for setting up a lifetime trust are varied and are as follows:

  • The assets in the trust are protected against risks such as third party claims, divorce or bankruptcy.
  • Trustees can look after your trust if you are no longer able to do so, e.g. if you are disabled under the definition within Schedule 1A Finance Act 2005 or due to become disabled (and this includes whereby, due to mental disorder an individual is incapable of managing his or her financial affairs and property.
  • Assets in the trust can still be protected after you die and can be preserved for your chosen beneficiaries.

Why should I consider legal assistance when setting up a trust?

Trusts are a complex subject and the timing, wording and other circumstances can be very important when setting one up. We strongly advise working with an expert solicitor when setting up a trust as they can help you with the following:

For further information or assistance, then please contact us.

Can I use a lifetime trust to avoid residential care fees?

Timing, beneficiaries, wording and other circumstances are crucial when setting up a lifetime trust. This is why we advise you to seek professional legal advice if you're planning on setting up a lifetime trust. Contact us if you require further details or if you have any questions.

If I die, what happens to the trust?

Provision should be made within the trust deed as regards what is to happen to the trust funds and property upon your death.

What if a trust and a will conflict?

Contradictory instructions will cause confusion. If you have a trust and a will, we advise you to have both documents checked by a solicitor to ensure they are not contradictory.

If you're a beneficiary or an executor and are faced with contradictory instructions, we advise you to consult a solicitor specialised in wills and trusts.

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