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Week Watch with St James Place

Posted: 29th July 2021

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The past 18 months have changed many people’s attitudes around things such as their health, careers, and role in society. So, it’s no surprise that charitable giving in Wills, which was estimated to be around £3.4 billion a year in the UK in 2019, is expected to grow this decade1. According to one estimate this will reach £4.7 billion in 2029.2

There are advantages beyond philanthropy to donating in your Will. As Alex Loydon, Director of Partner Engagement and Consultancy at St. James’s Place points out, donating in this way can help educate the next generation about important issues.

She says: “Charitable giving is also used as a means to engage and educate the next generation; establishing charitable trusts for descendants to manage is a great strategy for this, while at the same time utilising tax reliefs.”

This said, leaving a donation in your Will can cause complications – such as what happens if your Will is contested. This happens if your descendants contest, i.e. legally challenge, the instructions within your Will. This underscores the importance of receiving professional advice at every stage of your financial journey.

“If the plan is to give charitably via your Will, and you are concerned that it might be challenged, take professional advice and ensure it is clear that you were of sound mind when the decisions were made,” adds Loydon.

Speak with your St. James’s Place Partner to make sure your assets go where you intend, making the most of any tax reliefs available.

The levels and bases of taxation, and reliefs from taxation, can change at any time. The value of any tax relief is dependent on individual circumstances.

Advice relating to writing a Will, or lasting powers of attorney, or estate administration services, involves referral to services that are separate and distinct to those offered by St. James’s Place and which are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

1, 2 Legacy Foresight, Legacy Market Briefing 2020

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