Estate Planning


Jeremy & Mandy are in their late 70s and have the following estate position:

Jeremy & Mandy are well supported by secured pension income and meet their additional expenditure needs by drawing £20,000 pa from their drawdown pensions.


Jeremy & Mandy wish to explore the following:

  • Understand their existing and potential future inheritance tax (IHT) liability
  • Understand mitigation strategies that could provide a legacy for future generations whilst maintaining financial independence


We calculated Jeremy & Mandy’s existing inheritance liability sits at £400,000. We were able to project this liability forward using our sophisticated modelling software.

Our model, based on the used assumptions, anticipated that in ‘real terms’ their IHT liability would increase to c. £530,000 at estimated mortality ages.



We demonstrated various methods to help meet their objectives which included insurance policies, IHT efficient investment vehicles and outright gifting options.


We recommended a trust based invested solution with an initial settlement of £325,000.

This settlement would be exempt from IHT after 7 years and provide an eventual IHT saving of £130,000. By placing the assets into trust, we ensured that all future investment growth was also outside of their estate.

We established a 7-year life assurance policy for £130,000 to provide life cover to coincide with the period prior to the settlement becoming exempt.

We created an ongoing regular gifting strategy to utilise annual gifting exemptions. We also utilised the estate planning advantages of pensions and switched all withdrawals over to their investments.

Our analysis demonstrates that these steps could provide IHT savings of c. £254,000.

Assumes in the first 7 years £130,000 of IHT is offset by 7-year life assurance policy.


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