Estate Planning

Contrary to the belief of some, Inheritance Tax not only affects the very rich, but other people may be liable without realising. Few taxes are quite as emotive – or as politicised – as Inheritance Tax.

The value of pensions and investments and the income they produce can fall as well as rise, you may get back less than you invested.

Estate Planning


Contrary to the belief of some, Inheritance Tax not only affects the very rich, but other people may be liable without realising. Few taxes are quite as emotive – or as politicised – as Inheritance Tax.

The structures into which you transfer your assets can have lasting consequences for you and your family. At RetireInvest, we can help you choose structures and trusts designed to protect your assets and give your family lasting benefits.

Getting the right balance

It is crucial to find out now if you potentially have an Inheritance Tax liability – or could do so in future years. Historically, Inheritance Tax planning used to be an activity confined to the very rich. However, growing affluence means that this is no longer the case. Even families and individuals with a relatively moderate level of wealth should consider planning ahead to ensure that their assets are passed on to their loved ones as efficiently as possible. Property price increases have also dragged many middle-class working families into the Inheritance Tax bracket.

Effective estate planning is about getting the right balance between maintaining access to your money when you need it and saving tax. This is because, in general, the more tax-efficient a solution is, the less access you have to your assets. Safeguarding your own financial future is very important, and giving too much away could put this at risk.

Wills

At RetireInvest, we cannot stress how important making a Will is, as without one all decisions relating to your affairs will be made by the state – this includes who looks after your children. If you were to die without having made a Will, the surviving spouse will not automatically inherit the estate but only a part of it, even if you were married with children. Furthermore, without taking court action, common law partners would get nothing.

There are so many other factors to be considered even if you do have a Will in place. Is it up to date? Has it been invalidated by marriage? If you have children, have you appointed guardians? If the executors are a bank or solicitor, they take part of the estate – is this what you really want?

Estate planning, trust planning, tax planning and Will writing is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Investments

You might be planning for your retirement, looking to generate investment income to top up your pension, saving for a deposit to buy a property or buy a holiday home, providing for school fees, or simply creating a secure nest egg for the future.

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Retirement

The individual and group pensions market is an ever-changing world, especially with the introduction of the pensions freedom legislation, and it can be difficult to keep track of what options are available with regards to your retirement planning.

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Protection

Wealth and personal protection is an essential must-have to secure the future for both you and your family if an unexpected life event happens. The security and opportunity your wealth brings can be protected for generations, but there are many things to consider.

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Estate Planning

Contrary to the belief of some, Inheritance Tax not only affects the very rich, but other people may be liable without realising. Few taxes are quite as emotive – or as politicised – as Inheritance Tax. The structures into which you transfer your assets can have lasting consequences for you and your family.

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Business Insurance

Without business insurance cover to provide protection against some of these risks, businesses would find it difficult to operate efficiently and profitably. At RetireInvest, we strongly believe that adequate business insurance is not a luxury – it’s an absolute necessity.

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Tax Planning

At RetireInvest, we specialise in taking into account your tax affairs as part of the financial services and solutions we provide. Clients feel reassured that we have not only considered maximising and protecting their wealth, but also taken into account the impact our advice has on their overall tax position.

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