Generational Financial Planning

Talking about inheritance

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Time to talk: Have you talked about your Will?

  • 57% of parents haven’t spoken to their adult children about their Will
  • 24% of adults haven’t discussed making a Will with their partner or spouse
  • 49% of adults admit talking long-term finances with family is difficult
  • of parents feel responsible for their children’s financial wellbeing if they were to pass

If you would like to speak to one of our Estate Planning Specialists on making a Will, then please get in touch.

Writing a Will

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Statistics show that 22% of adults aged 75 years and above have no will, along with 39% aged between 65 and 74.

Having a Will in place is essential to ensure your estate is passed down to who you want it to. If you would like more information and guidance on making a Will, please get in touch.

Wills and Inheritance Tax

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Wealth transfer has become an important issue for many families today. Individuals with assets of any size should prepare for their eventual transfer whilst making provision for any tax or legal consequences.

But more than half of parents (57%) haven’t spoken to their adult children about their Will, according to new research[1]. Nearly a quarter (24%) of adults haven’t discussed making a Will with their partner or spouse, while almost a third (31%) were unsure if they understood the long-term benefits of putting their assets into a trust or finalising a Will.

Long-term finances

The survey also revealed one in two (49%) adults admit that talking about long-term finances, especially in the event of death, with family members is difficult. When it comes to discussing Wills and trusts with adult children or dependents, over two-thirds (69%) of parents say they feel responsible for the financial wellbeing of their children if they were to pass away.

Despite this, 57% admitted they haven’t talked to their children about long-term finances, while nearly one in ten (9%) parents said they weren’t sure how to approach the topic. The survey finds 47% of people have their children down as a beneficiary of their Will – higher than other forms of support, such as a deposit for a house or flat (19%), a savings pot with regular contributions (16%), or covering the cost of transport, such as a car (15%).

Minimal Inheritance Tax

Parents and guardians should make formal arrangements so that, upon their death, the appropriate plans are in place to ensure the people they wish to benefit from their estate will do so, with the estate settled as quickly as possible and with minimal Inheritance Tax.

If there is no Will, the deceased’s estate will be distributed under the terms of law, which may not align with their loved one’s wishes. Receiving the right professional advice and setting up a financial plan can ensure you are best able to look after your family when the time comes.

Giving peace of mind

With so many different options, it can be overwhelming. The research found that two-thirds of adults (69%) understand the long-term benefits of finalising trusts and Wills, but that still leaves many who don’t.

It’s important to have plans in place to protect your assets and loved ones, today and in the future. It might be difficult to think about, but it ensures your wishes will be met, giving you peace of mind. The outcome of not having a Will or trust in place can be costly – so knowing the difference between Wills and trusts, and putting them in place appropriately, can provide vital benefits.

Wealth and assets

When looking to leave assets to family members, Inheritance Tax is a key consideration. Effective estate planning can help in ensuring your wealth and assets go to your loved ones. By setting up a trust you can effectively put the money outside of your estate, which could be efficient for Inheritance Tax purposes.

Assets held within a trust do not usually form part of your estate upon death, provided that you live for seven years after placing the assets into trust. Therefore, it’s likely they won’t be liable to Inheritance Tax.

Understanding the options

Effective estate preservation planning could save a family a potential Inheritance Tax bill amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds. Inheritance Tax planning has become more important than ever, following the government’s decision to freeze the £325,000 lifetime exemption until April 2028, with inflation eroding its value every year and subjecting more families to Inheritance Tax.

Over half of Britons (57%) believe it’s important to seek financial advice when it comes to long-term financial planning, which is absolutely right. Seeking advice from a professional ensures you fully understand the options available, and recommendations are made in line with your requirements, giving you peace of mind.

Inheritance tax planning services

Are you looking to pass on more of your wealth in the most tax-efficient way? We all have different objectives in life and need different strategies to help achieve them. We can help you build a strategy that provides financial support to your family and helps you pass on more of your wealth in the most tax-efficient way – please get in touch with us for more information on our estate planning and inheritance tax planning services.

Source data: [1] The research was conducted by Opinium Research and surveyed 2,000 UK adults between September 5-13, 2022.

Important Information: Inheritance Tax planning is a highly complex area of financial planning. Information provided and any opinions expressed are for general guidance only and not personal to your circumstances, nor are intended to provide specific advice. Professional financial advice should be obtained before taking any action. Inheritance Tax planning is a highly complex area of financial planning. The financial conduct authority does not regulate Inheritance Tax planning.

Passing down wealth

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4 considerations when passing down wealth to your family


If you are younger, there may be more time to accumulate assets. If older, you could transfer wealth sooner to maximise the amount passed to beneficiaries.

Value of estate

If your estate is large, you may consider transferring wealth to minimise Inheritance Tax (IHT) liabilities. If it is small, you may not need to worry about IHT and can afford to wait.

Age of beneficiaries

If your beneficiaries are young, they could use the money to help further their education or buy a property. If older, they may need the money to support themselves in retirement.

Types of assets

If the assets are liquid (e.g. cash), they can be transferred immediately. If the assets are illiquid (e.g. property), it may take longer to transfer them.

Start your estate planning journey

Estate planning, inheritance tax planning and wealth transfer within families requires expert advice. Please get in touch today so we can help you and your family every step of the way.

Give while you live

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What will your financial legacy look like?

April 2023 brought a host of changes to the UK’s tax regime, with some thresholds for taxes such as additional rate Income Tax being lowered while others, such as Corporation Tax, are increased.

However, the Inheritance Tax (IHT) nil-rate band has remained stagnant at £325,000 since 2009, despite the meteoric rise in property prices over the same period. This has resulted in an all-time high of £6.1bn being collected in Inheritance Tax in 2021/22.

Freezing of the nil-rate band

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced in the Autumn Statement on 17 November 2022 that the government had frozen the IHT thresholds for two more years. As the threshold was already frozen until April 2026, it means that the threshold is now frozen until April 2028.

If you own a home worth over £1 million, there is a risk that your loved ones may face a costly IHT bill upon inheritance, due to the freezing of the nil-rate band. While there is an additional residence nil-rate band (RNRB) of £175,000 that can apply when passing on the property you lived in, married couples or those in registered civil partnerships can transfer the allowance, enabling most couples to pass on up to £1 million tax-free, assuming they pass on their home to their direct descendants.

Wealth to future generations

However, if your total estate exceeds £2 million, the RNRB will be tapered. For every £2 by which your individual estate exceeds £2 million, the RNRB will be decreased by £1. Professional financial advice can help homeowners plan to mitigate the impact of IHT.

Downsizing is a popular method to manage IHT, but this presents the challenge of passing on the sale balance to your loved ones. Planning for the transfer of wealth to future generations can be an uncomfortable topic for many families. However, proper estate planning can ensure a smooth and stress-free transition of family wealth to loved ones.

Feeling financially squeezed

It’s understandable that many people are feeling financially squeezed in the current climate, and as a result, we are likely to see a rise in ‘giving while living’. This refers to the practice of lifetime gifting to loved ones, particularly adult children who may be struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing cost of living crisis.

However, it’s important to note that the extended freeze on thresholds will mean that many people will now need to seek professional financial advice more than ever to protect their wealth and ensure that it is passed on according to their wishes, without being caught out by unforeseen taxes in the future.

Your family’s financial future?

We understand the importance of addressing these issues in a calm and objective manner. We can assist you in creating a comprehensive succession plan that maximises the amount of wealth passed down to future generations while minimising tax implications. Let us help you secure your family’s financial future with careful estate planning. To find out more, please speak to us.

Source data: [1]

Important information: This article does not constitute tax or legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each client and may be subject to change in the future. For guidance, seek professional advice. Inheritance tax and estate planning are not regulated by the financial conduct authority.

Financial Protection

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Financial Protection

No ‘one-size-fits-all’ protection solution

Everyone should review their financial protection and estate plans. A solid plan will help you feel confident your family’s finances are secure.

The uncertainty of the past couple of years has shown how important it is to have a robust plan in place for securing your family’s finances. While no one knows what is around the corner, reviewing your protection, updating your Will and creating an estate plan will help you rest assured that the financial side of things is taken care of.

These are some of the main considerations:

Protect against illness and death

It is essential to make sure that you have adequate protection in place, depending on your particular circumstance. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ protection solution so receiving professional advice is important when considering the right products for you and your family’s needs. This will ensure that your finances remain secure if illness or death happens unexpectedly, giving peace of mind to you and your loved ones at what could otherwise be a difficult time.

A life insurance policy is one of the most important types of protection to have in place. It pays out a lump sum if you die during the duration of the policy, helping your family to pay o% their debts, maintain their lifestyle or cover any other expenses they may have.

Critical illness cover can also provide valuable financial protection in case you are diagnosed with a specified serious illness while your policy is active. This type of cover will pay out a tax-free lump sum if you are diagnosed with an eligible condition, allowing you to concentrate on getting better without having to worry about bills piling up.

Income protection is also worth considering when developing your financial plan. This type of cover provides regular payments should you become ill or injured and are unable to work. This can help you cover your regular outgoings, such as mortgage payments or rent, while you recover.

Write or review your Will

Writing or reviewing your Will is essential for making sure that your wishes are respected and carried out after you pass away. It ensures that your money and other assets go to the people and causes you care about, such as relatives, family friends, charitable organisations, etc. Additionally, it provides you with the opportunity to appoint guardians for any children in your life, so they can be looked after by people you
know and trust.

If you don’t have a Will in place when death occurs, then the rules of intestacy will be applied to distribute your assets and possessions according to legal guidelines. These might not always align with what you would have wanted. Therefore, it is important to obtain professional advice on how best to proceed with making a professional Will. Doing so can help to ensure that your wishes are appropriately recorded and respected, even after you’ve gone. With the right professional advice and guidance, making a Will or reviewing your Will provides peace of mind that comes with having your affairs in order.

Create an estate plan

Creating an estate plan is a step that can make a significant impact on the financial futures of your children and grandchildren. Despite common misconceptions, estate planning isn’t only for the wealthy. In fact, due to rising house prices and the freezing of the Inheritance Tax (IHT) nil-rate band until April 2028, IHT could now be more impactful than before.

Fortunately, there are various ways in which you can minimise this unexpected burden, ranging from making lifetime gifts to utilising pensions and trusts. To get the most out of these options, it’s best to seek professional financial advice. We can help guide you as you build a comprehensive estate plan tailored specifically to your needs, to ensure that your family is well-protected and their financial futures are secured.

Being prepared for whatever the future may bring

In uncertain times, receiving professional advice can help you feel confident you’re doing everything you can to secure your family’s
finances. We will look at your personal, family and financial circumstances to recommend the right solutions for your individual needs. You can focus on enjoying life today, safe in the knowledge that you’re prepared for whatever the future may bring. To find out more about our financial planning services or inheritance tax planning services, please contact us.

What is a trust?

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‘Ring-fencing’ assets to protect family wealth for future generations.

You may want to consider putting some of your assets into a trust for a loved one. Trusts are a way of managing wealth, money, investments, land or property, for you, your family or anyone else you’d like to benefit. You may want to consider putting some of your assets into a trust for a loved one.

Trusts are a way of managing wealth, money, investments, land or property, for you, your family or anyone else you’d like to benefit. They are used to protect family wealth for future generations, reducing the intergenerational flow of Inheritance Tax and ensuring family protection for your estate from outside claims.

The way in which assets held within trusts are treated for Inheritance Tax purposes depends on whether the choice of beneficiaries is fixed or discretionary.

There are lots of different types of trust and some will allow you to ‘ring-fence’ the money or property so that it sits outside of your estate when you die.

The most popular types of trust commonly used for Inheritance Tax planning can usually be written on either an ‘absolute’ or a ‘discretionary’ basis and the taxation treatment is very different for each. A trust is a fiduciary arrangement that allows a third party, or trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. Once the trust has been created, a person can use it to ring-fence assets.

Trusts terms:

  • Settlor – the person setting up the trust.
  • Trustees – the people tasked with looking after the trust and paying out its assets.
  • Beneficiaries – the people who benefit from the assets held in trust.

Trusts are a complicated area and can be expensive to set up. Some are subject to other tax regimes, so you should get authorised and regulated specialist advice. Book a chat with us for further information and guidance on trusts.

How to Create an Estate Plan

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How to Create an Estate Plan

Leaving a Tax-Efficient Legacy

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Passing assets to the next generation

If you thought Inheritance Tax was just for extremely wealthy people to worry about, think again. Rising property prices have meant more estates than ever are likely to face an Inheritance Tax bill.

You’ve worked to build up your wealth. But now it’s time to make plans so your loved ones can get the most from the estate you intend to leave behind. If you think you might be affected by Inheritance Tax, it can be tempting to hold off making plans to do anything about it. But the truth is that it’s better to plan earlier for Inheritance Tax.

Estate planning is an essential element of preparing your finances for when you are no longer around but want to make sure that as much of your estate as possible is exempt from Inheritance Tax. Current thresholds are frozen until at least 2026, so it’s likely more estates could trigger a 40% Inheritance Tax bill over the coming years.

Inheritance Tax planning options

On your death, the first £325,000 nil-rate band (2022/23) of your estate is exempt from the 40% Inheritance Tax. However, you can also make financial gifts that will reduce the value of your estate when you die. For those who have accumulated a reasonable amount of wealth and who have children, the seven-year rule can be taken full advantage of.

Period of years before death % Reduction (Taper Relief) Period of years before death % Reduction (Taper Relief)
0 – 3 years Nil 0 – 3 years Nil
3 – 4 years 20% 3 – 4 years 20%
4 – 5 years 40% 4 – 5 years 40%
5 – 6 years 60% 5 – 6 years 60%
6 – 7 years 80% 6 – 7 years 80%
More than 7 years No tax More than 7 years No tax
0 – 3 years Nil 0 – 3 years Nil

This is one of the most popular, and cost effective, Inheritance Tax planning options relating to gifting some of your wealth to loved ones before you die. The idea being that the people who matter to you most could start to benefit from some form of inheritance earlier.

Gift reduces each year

It also reduces the value of your estate. Meaning, when it’s assessed for Inheritance Tax, your potential liability could prove lower. Or, even better, you don’t have one at all. In order for bigger financial gifts to be fully exempt from Inheritance Tax, you need to live for at least seven more years.

If you die within seven years of making the gift, it is still considered part of your estate and it will be included in your Inheritance Tax assessment.

If you die between three and seven years, you would still have to pay some tax on the gift if it exceeded the available nil-rate band. The amount payable on the gift reduces each year once you have survived the gift by over three years. Only after seven years is the full gift no longer part of your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes.

Maximise the amount of inheritance you leave to loved ones

There are many ways you might be able to reduce (or even eliminate) a potential liability. But the longer you wait, the more expensive some of these options might prove.

It goes without saying that none of us knows when our time will come. That’s why it can really help to start making plans now. Doing so could help you maximise the amount of inheritance you leave to loved ones.

Want to start a conversation?

Making financial gifts to your loved ones could make a big difference to their financial security and wellbeing. It could also be more effective for Inheritance Tax planning purposes to gift money while you’re still alive than to pass it on through your Will when you die. To find out more, please contact us for more information.

Millions of married couples have no idea about their spouse’s pensions & retirement plans

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Millions of married couples have no idea about their spouse’s pensions and retirement plans, according to new research

78% of non-retired married people do not know what their spouse’s pensions are worth.

47% of non-retired married people have not spoken to their spouse about their retirement plans

85% of non-retired married people are not aware of the tax-efficiencies of planning retirement together

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