Making sure the right people benefit

If you have a CanProtect Whole of Life Plan, Flexible Life Plan or one of our CanProtect Term and Term Plus plans it is important to make sure that, in event of you dying, the proceeds of the policy are paid to the right people in a tax-efficient way.

Without the use of a suitable trust any amounts paid out under the plans will form part of your estate for inheritance tax purposes and your beneficiaries could lose up to 40% of the money to the taxman.

The use of a trust could mean that the proceeds are paid directly to the trustees or the beneficiaries, outside of your estate and without the need to wait for probate.

For our CanProtect Term Plus Plans, we offer a split trust. This has the benefit of making sure that any money paid out when you die is done so under trust and that any critical illness benefit is payable to you instead of the beneficiaries. After all, if you suffer a critical illness you will want to benefit from the policy proceeds.

For the CanProtect Whole of Life and Flexible Life Plan there are two types of trust:

  • A bare or absolute trust, where the beneficiaries are named at outset and cannot be changed. If the sum assured is paid out and the beneficiaries are over the age of 18 then the beneficiaries can demand payment.
  • A discretionary trust, as the name suggests, gives the trustees discretion, so if the sum assured is paid to them they can decide who benefits from the trust and when they benefit. As there is this level of flexibility the tax rules around a discretionary trust are different to those for an absolute or bare trust.

The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you should speak to a professional adviser to ensure that any investment is suitable for you.

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