Age: 67. Profession: Retired & Volunteer. Primary Goal: Lifetime gifting whilst not outliving her capital.
Mary was a divorcee, the granddaughter of a wealthy stockbroker. She had two daughters, both married with children. Her late grandfather's firm managed her significant assets.
She held significantly more wealth than her friends, but she wanted to live the same lifestyle. Mary is a woman about town, living comfortably, alone, owning her own home, and volunteering for a local charity.
Mary wanted to make sure she didn't outlive her capital, but she also wanted to leave a legacy for her kids and grandkids. She also wanted to make substantial gifts to charity.
She'd been working with an IFA for the previous ten months, who had suggested a trust where she takes income, and the money passes to her kids on death. Some medical underwriting was involved, and she was frustrated with having to see doctors dragging on.
Carol was frustrated because:
She knew seeking a second opinion from someone her stockbrokers recommended was the right choice to ease her mind and create a plan that worked.
The first step for Mary was to sit down with someone who would listen to her concerns and devise a solution that met all her needs.
Once her requirements were documented, a personalised succession plan aligned with her values and priorities could be created.
In collaboration with her planning professional, Mary was able to:
The level of gifts was within her nil rate tax band, so there was no tax to pay. One of her daughters got divorced, and we were able to keep the gift outside of the marital estate in a settlement. Survival after seven years would leave no death tax to pay. The arrangement gave peace of mind to three generations of the family.
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