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Asset Protection Trusts

Nobody relishes the idea that they will die, yet we all know that this is the one fate that awaits us all. No one ever anticipates how to die, however, if you die without a will, your property will be distributed according to rules as set out in the law of 1925.

Wills are means used to ensure properties are well managed and disposed according to a person’s last wish in death. A will can be viewed as an express form of discretionary trust.

The will is drafted as a document during one’s lifetime and it acts as a good way to protect and ring-fence assets. The first step in writing a will is to understand that it can protect your assets for you as well as your family. For the whole process to be complete one needs to appoint beneficiaries (these are the people who execute the will) and then put assets into the will. The assets put in the will become owned by the beneficiary given by you.

A lot of things can go into the will; they could include investments, cash or property. Wills serves an importantly function for civil partners and married couples and are set up with the motive of splitting ownership of assets like family home and other jointly owned assets. The will comes into effect after the departure of one of the partners.
To save your family the trouble of laws of intestacy coming over to make decisions on how to distribute your wealth, one should make a will giving instructions of how their property should be appropriated in death. A will also ensures that your loved ones will not have added complications in administering your estate. In drafting a will, you can ensure that an unmarried partner is catered for as the law has no provision that will recognize automatically such a partner’s claim to part of your estate.
At Direct Wills Trust, you will be treated to the best in class and professional will writing that is not only fast but easy. This will give you the peace of mind that you and your family deserve and ensure that your family and assets are well protected. By not leaving a will the deceased in many families have reduced their families inheritance, this causes untold misery and potentially reduces the value of a family’s inheritance. Our aim here is to make drafting a will for you to be as easy and convenient as it can be.

Deciding to leave your estate to your family and friends means making a will. If you die before making a will, the law decides what happens to your estate.

Making a will ensures that your wishes can be actioned and the beneficiaries will be the people you have chosen. Sometimes though, there are other considerations to take into account. What will happen if you need some of your estate to pay for care in your old age? If you are the owner of a property you intended to leave to family members it could be sold. Asset Protection Trusts are one way of arranging your estate so that it is left to the ones you choose.

Asset Protection Trusts can consist of property, cash, or investments. Once a Trust has been set up, you must nominate some honest, reliable people to manage it. These will be the Trustees. Often they will be relatives or close friends. A trust is drawn up separately to a will.

The area of Asset Protection is extensive and complicated. Always obtain professional advice before deciding which course of action to take. There are several ways of setting up a trust, and you should be sure that you choose the correct one for your circumstances. Consideration should be given to the attitude of the Local Authority, who when assessing for provision of care, will want to take into account the value of a property. An ineffective Trust could lead to the entitlement to state benefits being removed. There may be issues around Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax or even Income Tax, so reliable information is essential and should always be sought.

These types of Trusts are not new, but have become more visible in recent years, possibly as a result of some elderly people having to sell their homes to pay for local authority care. If a Trust has been drawn up a short while before someone needs to go into care, a Local Authority may regard it as ‘deliberate deprivation’, resulting in loss of any financial assistance. However, good advice is available and by thinking ahead and planning for the future, you can succeed in leaving your estate to whoever you designate.
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