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Property in Trust to Protect Your Assets

When it comes to your estate planning and asset protection, property in trust is a powerful tool that Legacy Matters Ltd can help you understand and utilise to safeguard your assets.

We help you plan the crucial steps involved in setting up and managing assets within a trust, including the roles of settlors, trustees, and beneficiaries. At Legacy Matters Ltd, you’ll also get help with inheritance tax and income tax considerations and asset protection strategies within a trust.

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What are Property Trusts?

Property trusts are legal arrangements that allow individuals to transfer ownership of their assets, including real estate and personal property, to a separate entity known as a trust.

The primary goal of property trusts is to manage and protect these assets for the benefit of specific individuals or entities, known as beneficiaries. Property trusts are an essential part of estate planning, offering a range of options to protect family assets and achieve your objectives.

Types of Trusts for Property Ownership

There are various types of trusts for property ownership, each with its own characteristics and purposes. These include:

  1. Bare Trusts: The beneficiaries have an immediate and absolute right to both the income and capital of the trust.
  2. Interest in Possession Trusts: Beneficiaries have a right to the income generated by the trust but not necessarily the capital.
  3. Discretionary Trusts: Trustees have the discretion to distribute income and capital among beneficiaries as they see fit.
  4. Accumulation Trusts: Income is accumulated within the trust and added to the capital, often for future distribution.
  5. Mixed Trusts: Combinations of different trust types, allowing for flexibility in meeting various objectives.
  6. Settlor-Interested Trusts: The settlor retains an interest in the trust, affecting how it’s taxed.

These trusts serve different purposes, such as asset protection, tax planning, or ensuring specific beneficiaries receive the benefits. The choice of trust type depends on individual circumstances and objectives.

Key Benefits and Advantages of Property in Trust

Property in trust offers several key benefits and advantages:

  1. Asset Protection: Placing property in trust can protect it from creditors and lawsuits, helping to safeguard your assets.
  2. Minimisation of Estate Taxes: Trusts can be used as part of estate planning to minimize estate taxes, potentially reducing the tax burden on your heirs.
  3. Privacy and Confidentiality: Trusts can provide a level of privacy as they are not typically subject to public probate proceedings, keeping details of your assets and beneficiaries confidential.
  4. Efficient Distribution and Management: Trusts allow for efficient distribution and management of property. Trustees ensure assets are distributed according to your wishes, and trusts can include specific conditions for disbursements.
  5. Control Over Assets: Trusts enable you to maintain control over your assets, even if they are held for the benefit of others, ensuring that they are managed according to your wishes.
  6. Flexible Planning: Different types of trusts provide flexibility to achieve specific goals, such as providing for disabled family members or protecting assets for future generations.
  7. Potential for Asset Growth: Property in trust can continue to appreciate in value, benefiting both current and future generations.
  8. Avoiding Probate: Assets held in trust typically avoid the lengthy and costly probate process, allowing for faster and smoother asset distribution.

These advantages make property in trust a valuable estate planning tool for protecting assets and ensuring the efficient transfer of wealth to beneficiaries.

Secure Your Legacy with Legacy Matters Trust Services

Choose Legacy Matters for a personalized, reliable, and secure approach to trust services. Our commitment is to guide you through every step of the process, providing clarity and peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Contact us today to embark on the journey of securing your legacy.

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