We recently finalised over three years of planning with a client that will significantly reduce his long-term inheritance tax liability. That’s the glamorous end result, however it began with much humbler beginnings; our starting point, as with all our planning, was the client’s cash flow analysis and meaningful discussions around what was important to him. The cash flow demonstrated, amongst a range of other planning areas, that he had an inheritance tax liability that was not only sizeable now, but likely to grow in the future. Our cash flow not only highlighted the issue but also allowed us to test the impact of a range of different strategies, making sure we never tipped the balance of impacting our client’s lifetime needs.
We worked with a new client recently who due to his busy schedule running his business had not had a chance to properly sit down and look at practical steps he could take to reduce his tax liabilities. For many years any excess income had been cultivated back into his company, but he was not seeing the fruits of his labour. We discussed with him the use of pension contributions and other investment vehicles that offered immediate tax relief.
The spouse of one of our clients passed away suddenly at a relatively young age, leaving behind them and their children who were still in full time education. They had paid off all of their debts, however for the family there was not only the loss of a loved one to deal with but also the financial impact of the losing the main income stream.
A widow’s pension covered some of their ongoing costs, however our client was not in a position to return to work full time at all. There was life cover in place which paid out a large lump sum and this made such a huge difference. It allowed them to delay their return to work, including a career change, gave them money to take their children away on a well-deserved break to build new positive memories, and gave them another very important benefit – financial breathing space.
Mr Burrows (60) and Mrs Burrows (59) had run a successful small business for many years, however due to pressures from larger national companies they had lost a number of their large contracts in quick succession. With their income falling significantly it became a very worrying time for them both, even more difficult was that this business had been their lives for many years, the idea of giving up completely and ‘retiring’ felt alien to them.
With our help they began to unravel the stress and anxiety that had bound them for many months. The questions turned from; ‘what are we going to do? we are going to run out of money!’ to, ‘what opportunities and freedom does this now give us?’.
We completed a full review of their financial position, analysing their assets, income, various investments and pensions that they had collected over the years with different providers. Plugging this information and their ideas for their future into detailed cash flow modelling software, the dark clouds began to disappear. With some simple planning steps; investing capital, creating an additional income stream and simplifying their financial arrangements, financial confidence had been returned.
Recently divorced client, age 62, working 20 hours per week, was unable to raise standard mortgage borrowing but has a good deposit via divorce settlement. We advised the client she was still able to purchase a new property to live in via lifetime lending as this type of lending is not affordability based and interest can be serviced (to keep the loan amount at its original value) or rolled up (and added to the loan). The loan is not repayable until the client dies or leaves the property for long term care.
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