Deed of Gift / Trust

Deed of Gift

Protect your Estate with a Deed of Gift

It’s painful enough to manage someone’s estate after they pass, without the extra stress and delay that dealing with probate can cause. Additionally inheritance tax laws may then take a large portion of the value of the estate. A deed of gift can help you legally reduce your exposure to inheritance tax thus ensuring you pass on as much of your estate as possible to family and friends and avoid the lengthy probate process.

In the UK a Deed of Gift is a way to legally add a person (or people) to your property’s deeds. It may also be used for transferring money or shares. At least one of the original owners must remain on the title. As a gift it is made without payment in return and this in turn means that the documentation has to be witnessed. The witnessing party may not have any interest – as a benefit or a loss – in the transference of the gift.

However, one thing to bear in mind is that if the purpose of the deed of gift is to increase financial entitlements for residential and nursing home care fees, the local authority may attempt to recover the assets or assess you as if you still had the assets. They would try to present what the intention was at the time of giving the gift. The greater the time there is between the giving of the gift and the need for care the less chance the authorities would have of lodging a successful claim.

Any gift made is subject to the inheritance tax 7 year rule. This states that if you make an outright gift of your home and you live for 7 years after that, it will then be exempt from inheritance tax.

If you make ‘a gift with reservation of benefit’ the 7 year rule becomes irrelevant. The conditions for this are that you continue to live in the property after giving it away and don’t pay market rent rates to the new owner.

Jennings Solicitors can advise and set up a ‘Deed of Gift’ according to your personal circumstances, just contact us to arrange an appointment.

Declaration of Trust

A Declaration of Trust is a legally binding written agreement which outlines and records the financial arrangements between the joint owners of property.

If you are you buying a property with someone else, or contributing differing amounts to the deposit, fees, or mortgage payments, it is crucial to plan ahead for when you and/or your partner(s) want or need to sell the property, or if there is a relationship breakdown. This can be done via a Declaration of Trust.

It is important to create the Declaration of Trust at a time when the owners of the property and other persons who may have contributed towards it are in agreement.

Jennings Solicitors will help you consider both the short and long term implications of making a Declaration of Trust and make the legalities of the process understandable, informative and cost effective.

Why Choose Jennings Solicitors for Estate Planning?

We are an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS)
We have vast experience in estate planning and have assisted many clients secure their wealth
We will explain the process clearly and keep you informed about what is happening at each stage
We provide cost effective solutions tailored to your situation and will provide clear information about costs involved
All communication and support is confidential

We are a Member of The Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS)

We are delighted to be an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). This shows that we follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing tailored wills and probate advice to consumers.
1. We will not pressure you into buying more complex advice that is not in your best interests.

2. Our dedicated wills and probate service is tailored to your needs. We will explain the process,
options, costs and likely timescales.

3. We will keep you up-to-date using your preferred method of communication.

4. Accredited solicitors and other staff complete mandatory training on the WIQS standard
and show compliance through annual re-accreditation and ongoing enforcement checks by
the Law Society.

Our Promise to You

Jennings will advise and explain, in plain English, what your rights are. We specialise in giving practical sensible, timely advice when you need it to assist you decide the best course of action and help resolve any specific issues you are facing, and provide as much or as little help you require.

To discuss how Inheritance a Deed of Gift or Declaration of Trust could benefit you and your family just contact us for a free evaluation...