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    • lesleymarr
    • By lesleymarr 6th Oct 17, 3:54 PM
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    IHT help wanted please
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    • 6th Oct 17, 3:54 PM
    IHT help wanted please 6th Oct 17 at 3:54 PM
    please help. I live with my child in a house that I own in London. I also own 12 lock-up garages which I let out, to provide an income. I wonder, should I put the garages into a trust to ameliorate IHT so that my only child will not have to sell her own home to pay IHT? If I did, what sort of trust?
    and if the garages are in trust, will I still be able to collect income from them?
    if I need to sell them, will the trust make it difficult?
    If my child marries then divorces, can her ex- claim a share of the property?
    the garages are worth about 180,000 all together, maybe, who knows.
    I went to see a solicitor to make an appointment to get advice this afternoon but I don't have much confidence in him; I suspect I am due a hard-sell session of other products they offer. oh no!
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    • Yorkshireman99
    • By Yorkshireman99 6th Oct 17, 3:59 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 3:59 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 3:59 PM
    please help. I live with my child in a house that I own in London. I also own 12 lock-up garages which I let out, to provide an income. I wonder, should I put the garages into a trust to ameliorate IHT so that my only child will not have to sell her own home to pay IHT? If I did, what sort of trust?
    and if the garages are in trust, will I still be able to collect income from them?
    if I need to sell them, will the trust make it difficult?
    If my child marries then divorces, can her ex- claim a share of the property?
    the garages are worth about 180,000 all together, maybe, who knows.
    I went to see a solicitor to make an appointment to get advice this afternoon but I don't have much confidence in him; I suspect I am due a hard-sell session of other products they offer. oh no!
    Originally posted by lesleymarr
    You need to see a solicitor who is a trust specialist and a STEP member. You also need to make sure you have a will.
    • Margot123
    • By Margot123 6th Oct 17, 5:08 PM
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    If your will sets up a testamentary trust, then that won't come into effect until after your death. If however you want to set up a separate trust to be effective during your lifetime, then you need to seek advice as already suggested.
    There is a lot of property and money to be considered, I would have thought paying a professional would be rather prudent.
    • Yorkshireman99
    • By Yorkshireman99 6th Oct 17, 5:37 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 5:37 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 5:37 PM
    If your will sets up a testamentary trust, then that won't come into effect until after your death. If however you want to set up a separate trust to be effective during your lifetime, then you need to seek advice as already suggested.
    There is a lot of property and money to be considered, I would have thought paying a professional would be rather prudent.
    Originally posted by Margot123
    Essential! The OP needs to realise that the trust is likely to have to pay tax on the income and he will probably have to pay tax on what the trust pays him. Not a DIY job!
    • Crabapple
    • By Crabapple 6th Oct 17, 5:41 PM
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    Any assets put into trust would no longer be under your control so you wouldn't get to make decisions like selling them.

    If you continued to take the income then it's a gift with reservation and doesn't leave your estate for IHT purposes.

    You need to find out what your estates tax liability might be and get advice on options that could work. As well as legal advice look at a good Independent financial advisor.
    Daughter born January 2012 Son born February 2014

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    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 6th Oct 17, 6:05 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 6:05 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 6:05 PM
    How much is your home worth? How much IHT can be saved with the new relief passing a home direct to a child? Have you any IHT allowance left from the death of a spouse? Have you any savings which would allow the IHT to be paid without touching any property. And (I think finally) how old is the child now - much under 18 and I suspect you have bigger problems than IHT.
    • Keep pedalling
    • By Keep pedalling 6th Oct 17, 9:53 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 9:53 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 9:53 PM
    Hopefully by the time you die your child will have a house of their own, so any IHT due on your estate won't effect their living arrangements.

    How much is your current house worth and what is your marital status?
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