A trust is designed to hold and manage assets on someone else's behalf with the help of a neutral third-party. Trust include a settlor, beneficiary(ies) and trustee(s). The settlor of a trust can set terms for the way assets are to be held, gathered, or distributed.
There are many reasons to set up a trust, including avoiding probate, providing for your family after your death, and stating exactly how and when your descendants receive their inheritance.
If the policy is written in trust, the trustees can make the claim and the proceeds will be paid straight away. If not in trust there could be significant delay at the time when the money is needed the most.
Nomination of beneficiaries
Clients often assume that the policy proceeds will be paid out to their families in the event of their death. However, how can they be sure that the proceeds will end up in the right hands? When you are setting up a trust you have control over who will administer any money paid out for a claim (the trustees) and who will benefit from any money paid out (the beneficiaries). This can avoid any disputes or delays in payment of proceeds.
Simply writing the policy in trust and nominating the intended beneficiary on the Trust Form can avoid any disputes or delay in payment of proceeds.
Proceeds from a Life Policy will be added to the value of the Estate on death for Inheritance Tax purposes. By placing the plan in trust some or all of the proceeds of the policy will be gifted to the beneficiary and therefore may not be liable to Inheritance Tax.
Peace of mind
A trust ensures your policy proceeds are put in the right hands at the right time.
Speak to an RSC advisor today and have a suitable trust set up for your loved ones.