Trusts are often regarded with suspicion, however a properly prepared, modern trust can be extremely useful. 

At its simplest, a trust is an arrangement under which specified assets are owned and managed by individuals (the Trustees) on behalf of other individuals (the Beneficiaries) who, for a variety of reasons, cannot look after those assets themselves.  The trust deed establishes the rules under which this arrangement operates.

A trust can be set up through your Will to come into operation after your death, and may be required, for example to look after assets for beneficiaries who are too young to look after money for themselves, or perhaps for someone who is incapable.  A Will trust can also be very useful for families where there are second marriages and funds need to be available to help different generations.

A trust can also be set up in your lifetime, perhaps as a tax planning measure, or to allow assets to be owned and managed on behalf of beneficiaries who may be in financial difficulties.  Using a trust, funds can be protected in case of a possible bankruptcy, or where welfare benefits for a disabled beneficiary would otherwise be lost.

Our team of specialists, often working in close conjunction with your financial adviser and accountant, can advise you on the best type of trust for you and your family.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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Richard Crocker

Private Client - Partner

Richard Crocker is the Head of Taylor Walton’s Private Client department and works with a team that provides a high quality service in our area, as well as further afield.  He offers advice on a wide range of issued including Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Inheritance Tax planning using lifetime Trusts.

After graduating in History from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1973, his first career was with British Telecom where he was involved in planning the development of the international telecommunications network, and negotiating international agreements,.  Having decided to become a lawyer, Richard was articled in London with Beale and Company, and following qualification as a solicitor in 1989, joined the well know London firm, Withers LLP, where he worked in the Probate department for 7 years.

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