Navigating IHT Planning: Disabled Person's Trust vs. Discretionary Trust

In the complex world of inheritance tax(IHT) planning, individuals often find themselves facing a crucial decision when it comes to providing for their disabled family members.

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In the complex world of inheritance tax(IHT) planning, individuals often find themselves facing a crucial decision when it comes to providing for their disabled family members. In this article we will discuss the advantages and considerations of using a Disabled Person's Trust versus a Discretionary Trust and shed light on the intricacies of these financial tools.

IHT Planning and the Disabled Person's Trust

For those seeking IHT planning solutions for the benefit of a disabled family member, a Disabled Person's Trust may seem like the obvious choice. These trusts offer tax advantages, which lawyers often recommend. However, the decision is not always straightforward, and it depends on the individual circumstances.

The Challenge of Sole Beneficiary Identification

One of the primary concerns with a Disabled Person's Trust is the potential impact on state benefits. When a disabled individual is the sole beneficiary of such a trust, any changes in state benefit regulations can potentially jeopardize their future benefits. The assets in the trust are immediately identifiable as belonging solely to them, putting their potential benefits at risk especially if there is a change to the benefits rules which happen frequently.

The Discretionary Trust Advantage

Here's where the Discretionary Trust comes into play. Setting up a discretionary trust with more than one beneficiary, such as a disabled person and another sibling, can be a more sensible approach. In a discretionary trust, the assets are not exclusively for one person, making it difficult to identify sole beneficiaries. Therefore, any changes in state benefit regulations are less likely to impact the trust's assets, ensuring the financial security of the disabled individual.


The Hybrid Solution

In practice, we often recommend a hybrid approach. We utilize a Disabled Person's Trust to cater to the immediate income needs of the disabled person, within specific limits. Simultaneously, we would set up a Discretionary Trust for any additional capital, ensuring that the individual has more income flexibility in the future. This balanced approach requires experienced advice covering legal, tax, financial planning, and investment aspects, tailored to the unique needs and financial situation of the disabled person.



When it comes to IHT planning for disabled family members, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Whether you opt for a Disabled Person's Trust, a Discretionary Trust, or a combination of both, it's crucial to seek professional guidance to ensure the best financial outcome for your loved one. At the Bluebond Group, we understand that every case is unique, and we are ready to assist you in finding the optimal solution for your IHT planning needs.

If you're facing the decision of whether to use a Disabled Person's Trust or a Discretionary Trust, reach out to us for personalized assistance. Remember, when it comes to IHT planning, a well-informed choice can make all the difference in securing the financial future of your disabled family member.

By incorporating expert advice and considering individual circumstances, you can embark on a path towards effective IHT planning that aligns with your family's needs and safeguards your loved one's financial well-being.

Keywords: IHT planning, Disabled Person's Trust, Discretionary Trust, inheritance tax, financial planning, state benefits, tax advantages, Blue Bond Group, Charles de Lastic, expert advice.

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