A trust is a legal arrangement where trustees are made legally responsible for looking after assets. These assets might include:

  • House
  • Money
  • Investments.

A trust has three main parts:

  • Settlor: the person making the gift to the trust
  • Trustees: the person/people nominated to look after the trust
  • Beneficiaries: the people who will benefit from the trust.

Why use a Trust?

Trusts can be set up for any number of different reasons. Some of the most common are:

  • To control and protect family assets
  • To help someone who is incapacitated or too young to handle their own affairs
  • To pass on money or property while you are still alive
  • To pass money or assets when you die under the terms of your will
  • To reduce the estate liability to inheritance tax
  • To avoid the assets in the trust having to wait for the grant of probate before distribution
  • To protect the settlor’s children from the first marriage on the settlor’s second marriage.

How we can help

Trusts can be quite complicated. We can explain all the terminology and all the things you need to be aware of. Getting professional advice about setting up a trust can help prevent a lot of upset and heartache further down the line.

How much does it cost to set up a Trust?

We know you might be thinking about the fees required to set up trusts in your will. You might be surprised to know that the prices are less than you might think. The costs to set up a trust make it an affordable option for many people – trusts are not just only used by those with large inheritances.

In the table below, we’ve set out our fees for setting up different kinds of trusts, including Protective Property Trusts and Discretionary Will Trusts. We’ve also included our fee for storage of these documents.

TrustsPrices include VAT
Protective Property Trust (PPT) - for a pair£500
Discretionary Will Trust (DWT) - for a pair£600
Flexible Life Interest (FLIT) - for a pair, including severance£800
Asset Protection Trust (APT)£2,920
Asset Protection Trust Plus (APT+)£3,600
Annual Storage Fee£40 per annum