"Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it"

-Benjamin Franklin

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants"

-Epictetus

"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend"

- Laertius Diogenes

"The glow of one warm thought is to be worth than money."

-Thomas Jefferson

"I don't care too much for money for money can't buy me love"

- The Beatles

"Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and it is the only riches we can take out this world with us."

-Louisa May Alcott, Little Men

"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing."

-St. Paul

"Not he who has much is rich but he who gives much"

-Erich Fromm

"Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans"

-John Lennon

"I pity that man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth shall starve in the process"

-Benjamin Harrison

A Guide to Wealth Protection: Trusts

The Use of Trusts

How trusts can support and protect wealth from Care Fees, IHT, other taxes, divorce and bankruptcy, probate costs and delays and ensure money goes where you want it to go. Trusts are the cornerstone of many financial planning requirements. So why don’t more people use trusts?

There appear to be reasons which include:

  • Trusts are considered to be only relevant for wealthy people
  • Trusts are solely there to avoid tax
  • They are complex
  • They are expensive
Family protecting trusts

Each of these statements are misconceptions. In the main, trusts are simple, with any cosmetic complexity easily dealt with by a specialist. Trusts are as much, if not more, about directing where, when and how monies are paid, rather than avoiding tax. Yes, they can be used for tax efficiency and should be wherever possible, but this is far from their only function. They can be put in place easily and as such - in many cases - are not expensive – indeed they often help save money either through wealth protection, tax reduction or through other efficiencies.

Trusts vary considerably in their type and the rules which apply

Different types of trust will have different rules applying to them around who can set one up, when, how they long they last, what the trustees can do (i.e. “their powers”), who the beneficiaries are, what, when and how changes can be made, how they are wound up, what income can or cannot be paid out (and to whom), the tax treatment in and around the trust and what happens on death.

TRUSTS ARE SIMPLE...COSMETIC COMPLEXITY EASILY DEALT WITH BY A SPECIALIST

There are many names applying to different trust types

All of this is largely irrelevant to you, the reader, because you can adopt the basic principle of wanting to use trusts and leave the finer points to a competent financial planner to sort. The nitty gritty of how this is done is something they can take care of, just as many people leave their bookkeeping to a bookkeeper. The essence of using trusts is about wrapping assets into a controlled area. In this way wealth can be protected. An example would be where an individual or family wishes to keep their assets within their own bloodline.

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