Trusts

Will trust

There are different types of trusts which can form part of your will when your will is drafted. These include life interest trusts, also known as Flexible Life Interest Trusts, Discretionary Trusts, Bereaved Minor Trusts and 18-25 Trusts.

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Will trust explained

A will trust can protect your most valuable assets for your beneficiaries. Trustees manage the trust on behalf of the beneficiaries. The Trustees have both a general duty of care and a fiduciary duty of care and as such you should choose your Trustees carefully. A professional Trustee, such as Slater & Gordon Trust Corporation Limited can also be appointed either instead or, or in conjunction with, a lay Trustee.

There are many reasons and advantages for setting up a will trust as follows:

  • To provide future security for family and future generations, We would recommend a combination of financial planning, lifetime giving and gifts on death be considered in order to mitigate tax both for the individual concerned, and potentially for future generations.
  • The assets in the trust are protected against risks such as third party claims, divorce or bankruptcy.
  • With a will trust you can provide financial care for your children or grandchildren, if they are not yet over 18, and can stipulate if you wish your children to receive their inheritance at a certain age e.g 21,25 or older. .

If you create a will trust you set up all the conditions now, but the trust is only activated after you have passed away.

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 up a will trust. We strongly advise working with an expert solicitor when setting one up, as they can help with the following:

  • Which type of trust is best for you
  • Which conditions you should include
  • If you can save taxes with your trust
  • Ensuring your trust does not conflict with your will

For further advice or assistance, then please get in touch.

Why can I not just name the beneficiaries in my will?

Your beneficiaries might not be in the best place to inherit your estate at the time you pass away.

For example, if a beneficiary is disabled, a receipt of a large sum may invalidate their right to receive Personal Independent Payments and likewise if any of the beneficiaries are applying for a full Maintenance Loan for higher education the government may try to claim that receipt of inheritance should be classed as part of your income (even though it is a capital payment).

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 will and trusts.

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