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Wills and IHT

Jason123456
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Wills and IHT

Postby Jason123456 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:43 pm

If a Mirror Will is prepared such that the residential property is kept within the family but the Residual estate which exceeds the IHT threshold is passed to Trustees, would IHT have to be paid,since this part of the estate has not passed directly to the surviving spouse?
And would the situation be different if the surviving spouse was one of the Trustees?

AGoodman
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Re: Wills and IHT

Postby AGoodman » Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:53 pm

Spouse exemption is only available if the spouse takes an absolute (i.e. outright) interest or, if under some kind of trust, a right to the trust income.

"And would the situation be different if the surviving spouse was one of the Trustees?" No - irrelevant.

It sounds here as it you need to ensure that the spouse has a right to the income of the residuary estate.

Jason123456
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Re: Wills and IHT

Postby Jason123456 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:15 pm

Thank you AGoodman,...does the following wording cover the aspect you refer to, and consequently no IHT applies, as if wife inherited directly?

........Trustees to hold Residue of estate on Upon Trust to pay income thereof to my wife for her lifetime provided that my Trustees may lend any part of my estate to my said wife with or without security of interest ,the said loan being repayable on demand.........

AGoodman
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Re: Wills and IHT

Postby AGoodman » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:49 pm

Yes, this would create an IPDI for spouse and therefore should be exempt.


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