May 24, 2013

The benefits of a life insurance trust

There are 3 great reasons to have a policy written into trust and we will help you place your cover in trust at no additional cost! Please call FREEPHONE 0800 644 4468 for impartial and no obligation advice.

The main benefits are:

1. The proceeds from the life policy do not form part of the estate and are excluded from any inheritance tax calculation. This means that the overall value of the estate for the calculation of inheritance tax is reduced. This lowers the potential tax liability and in some cases may result in no tax having to be paid.

2. The benefits are distributed more quickly than they would be if they were not written into a trust, because they do not form part of the estate. This is particularly relevant if no will is in place, or if an inquest is needed, as in either of these instances payments can be delayed by months or even years in complex cases.

3. The person who is gifting the benefits of the life policy, known as the settlor, has the peace of mind of knowing that the benefits will go directly to the person / people who they wish to benefit from the trust.

What are the current levels of Inheritance tax?

If the total value of the deceased estate is over the inheritance tax barrier (£325,000 in 2015) then any amount over the threshold would be taxed at 40% (2015). Please note: Inheritance tax is exempt for husband, wife and civil partners domiciled in the UK.

Once we have spoken, we will then email you the appropriate trust form from the relevant insurance company.

In order to complete the Trust Form you will need to appoint (ideally two) trustees. They need to be aged over 18 and should be trusted relative or long term friend. A trustee can also be one of the beneficiaries of the trust. Please note that you can change the trustees at any time by notifying the insurer in writing.

The Beneficiaries are the people you wish to benefit from the policy. If there is more than one please indicate the percentage share of the policy proceeds in brackets next to the name. Please ensure that the total percentage amounts to 100%.

The Trust Form needs to be signed by you, the Settlor and also by all nominated Trustees. You will need an independent witness to the signatures. You can have one witness for each or one witness for all, the choice is yours. However, the witness must not be a relative, a beneficiary of the policy or someone who is to be a trustee. They must be completely independent of the trust.

When you have fully completed and signed the Trust Form and had it witnessed, please scan it and email it to enquiries@futureproofinsurance.co.uk. If this is not possible please return it to us at Future Proof Ltd, Priory House, 45-51 High Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 9AE and we will forward it on to the insurer. The original document will then be returned to you for safe keeping.

If you have any questions whilst completing the trust documents please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 644 4468. Equally, if the Trustees have any queries regarding their duties in relation to the trust then please pass them my details and we will be happy to speak to them.

The levels and bases of taxation, and reliefs from taxation, can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances.

Trusts are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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