Family Trusts

The simple way to protect your assets and put your family first

A family trust protects your wealth. It lets you choose how to benefit your family during your lifetime, and makes critical provisions should you die.

Property, investments, savings and valuable items such as antiques and paintings can all be passed into the ownership of family trust for the benefit or your spouse, children, and grandchildren.

You will still retain control over the assets as a principal beneficiary, and income from the trust can be paid directly into your bank account to top-up money from earnings or pensions.

There are numerous ways the value of your assets can be diminished over time, and a family trust is a cost-effective way of preventing this from happening.

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How you can protect your assets with a family trust

Protect against financial loss or bankruptcy

If you suffer a large financial loss or run into debt, a family trust can protect your property and other assets from being claimed by your creditors. A family trust can even protect your estate in bankruptcy, as long as the trust is written far enough in advance.

Protect against sideways disinheritance

A family trust can protect your children’s inheritance if you remarry or enter into a new long-term relationship, and the ties subsequently break down.

You can ensure that assets passed to your own children pass directly to your grandchildren on your child’s death. This prevents your wealth being transferred to a son-in-law or daughter-in-law, who if they remarried, could disinherit your bloodline.

Protect against probate delays and costs

Probate is required on all estates with assets over £5000. It can take up to 6-months to manage probate if you have a will — and if you do not have a will — it can take up to 2-years. However, property and assets owned by a family trust are not subject to probate and can be distributed straight after death while relieving you of debilitating probate costs.

Provide for your children’s future

You can lock away funds in a family trust to help with schooling, university fees, or even provide a deposit to help your children get on the property ladder in the future.

Assets can be added to trust and made available to your children a certain age, usually 21-years old — and if you and your spouse died while your children were minors, an executor could administer the trust on their behalf.

Reduce inheritance tax

Inheritance tax can be minimised for future generations if you place your assets into a family trust.

Protect against illness or loss of mental capacity

If you lose mental capacity and are no longer able to make important decisions, the assets in your trust can be managed by a trustee on your behalf.

Assets can be moved back and forth from the trust as needed to help maintain the quality of your life.

Creating a family trust doesn’t need to be a complicated exercise. We can assess your personal circumstances and make appropriate recommendations to provide the best protection. Call us on 01273 385833 to learn more.

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