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Trusts are an excellent vehicle for for passing on money, property or even your business to future generations.

However, setting them up and maintaining them requires expert guidance.

There are different sorts of trusts for different sorts of scenarios. The most typical reasons for setting up a trust are:

  • The protection of family assets
  • The management and control of assets when someone is too young to manage them themselves
  • The management and control of assets when someone is unable to manage their own affairs due to them being incapacitated by health or ability.
  • To pass on assets either in life or for management after death.

Harwood Hutton can take away the worry of the detail and advise on the setting up of any sort of UK trust that fits your circumstances.

Our trust service includes:

  • Advising clients on the most suitable trust structure
  • Acting in the role as trustee
  • The administration, accounting and taxation reporting for existing trusts
  • Advice in relation to Capital Gains Tax for the disposal of trust assets and planning regarding the appointment of trust assets to beneficiaries
  • IHT implications
  • 10- year anniversary reporting and exit charges in relation to the capital distributions to a beneficiary
  • Ongoing effectiveness reviews
  • Advice on how to wind up an existing trust that has run its course.


To book an appointment with one of our Trusts and Estate Planning experts, contact us today.



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