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Planning for Afforestation

Planning for Afforestation

Safe as Houses

With strong commercial reasons for doing so, many land and property owners have diversified into holiday letting to benefit from this captive market. 

Employment Law – three things to note

Employment Law - three things to note

Latest news and insights

Planning for Afforestation

Planning for Afforestation

Safe as Houses

With strong commercial reasons for doing so, many land and property owners have diversified into holiday letting to benefit from this captive market. 

Employment Law – three things to note

Employment Law - three things to note

Trusts

Creating a Trust can be an effective way to manage assets, protect vulnerable beneficiaries, assist in passing family wealth down to future generations and for tax planning purposes.

We can advise on the creation, administration and taxation of Trusts.  Our experienced team includes 18 members of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), including 10 full members, and two chartered tax advisors.

Find out more about how we can help in the event of a dispute involving a Trust, by clicking here.

Benefits of Trusts

We can help you set up a Trust in order to:

  • Hold assets for young children/grandchildren to safeguard inheritance
  • Hold assets for beneficiaries who may need additional protection because they are financially vulnerable, for example due to disability, incapacity, business risk  or unstable relationships
  • Make appropriate provision for members of a blended family
  • Provide for your grandchildren’s education in a tax efficient manner
  • Assist with planning for residential care costs
  • Hold compensation awards for personal injury
  • Assist with wider tax planning

Trust administration

Our team can assist in the ongoing administration of a Trust, including:

  • Assisting with tax efficient distributions of income to beneficiaries
  • Helping Trustees meet their legal, regulatory and tax compliance obligations through the preparation of regular Trust Accounts, maintaining accurate Trust records and preparing annual Trust tax filings to HMRC
  • Dealing with changes of Trustees
  • Providing advice on varying Trusts and/or assisting with winding up Trusts

Taxation of Trusts

Our team includes Chartered Tax Advisors who can provide you with advice on:

  • Income Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • All Property Taxes

We work alongside Trustees’ existing advisers to ensure efficient management of Trust assets for the longer-term benefit of the beneficiaries. We can provide specific guidance on Business and Agricultural reliefs as well as how to manage Trusts assets to maximise available tax reliefs and exemptions.

News and insights

Trust Law In Scotland – Where Are We Now?

August 19th, 2021 marked the centenary of the Trust (Scotland) Act 1921, the last substantive act on trust law in Scotland.

Trusts Caught by the Deemed Domicile Net

Following the Finance Act in 2017, a new category of “deemed domicile” was introduced into the UK’s Inheritance Tax regime.

Legal Rights: The Scottish problem and interaction with Trusts

With domicile being incredibly fluid in this modern world, cross-border estates are becoming commonplace.

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