My wife and I went to a free seminar recently, run by a company selling "Wealth Preservation Trusts"
The idea seems to be that if you each put your assets - such as half of
your house and other investments (up to a limit of £325k (the IHT nil
rate band) - into a trust, they will be protected against being
swallowed up in Care Home fees if you need to go into care, will avoid
the need for probate when you die (provided you don't have too many
assets outside the trust), and will ensure that assets stay within your
blood line and don't get swallowed up if your heirs go bankrupt or get
divorced after inheriting from you.
Obviously there is a one-off fee for setting up the trusts, writing new
wills, setting up powers of attorney, etc. and also ongoing fees for
managing the trusts. It is claimed that the amount saved in the long
term will be way above the level of fees paid. [They're not claiming
that this will avoid IHT if you have assets in excess of the nil rate
band - but they appear to offer other (as yet unspecified) products to
address this particular issue].
It all *sounds* plausible, but there *has* to be a major snag somewhere!
What is it? Anyone been down this route?
- posted 6 years ago