Flexible Life Interest Trusts and the Residential Nil Rate Band

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Ever since the Residential Nil Rate Band (RNRB) was announced, one of our most common queries has been how it relates to Flexible Life Interest Trusts (FLITs). What are FLITs FLITs are essentially a life interest for a person (usually the surviving spouse), with an underlying discretionary trust that will arise when the surviving spouse … Read moreFlexible Life Interest Trusts and the Residential Nil Rate Band

Options for Inheritance Tax Planning

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Continuing from last week’s article, there are options available to the testator(s) when it comes to Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning. Some planning can simply be done by a well drafted Will, whilst others will require lifetime planning. The best approach will depend on the factors covered in last week’s newsletter. What options are available with … Read moreOptions for Inheritance Tax Planning

Revoking a Will

Revoking a Will

There are four ways that a will may be revoked. Marriage/Civil Partnership As a general rule, a marriage or formation of a civil partnership revokes any will that a testator made before the marriage or civil partnership under S18 and S18B Wills Act 1837 respectively. There are however some exceptions to this rule. If it … Read moreRevoking a Will

Discretionary Trusts

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The Discretionary Trust is a common Trust for a Testator to use for their children to ensure that they do not inherit directly from their estate. The reasons for this can vary, for example, protecting assets from potential divorce, drinking or gambling issues, or the testators may wish that their assets are distributed in a … Read moreDiscretionary Trusts