Proposed new govt rules 'threaten last nail in coffin' for life policy trusts

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The new law proposes that by 1 April 2020 all life policy trusts will have to start being registered with the government by the trustees or their agents.
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The new law proposes that by 1 April 2020 all life policy trusts will have to start being registered with the government by the trustees or their agents.

Onerous registration rules would take dealing with trusts from complex to almost impossible, writes Ruth Gilbert

In 2017, an obscure beneficiary registration trap was brought in for life policy trusts. It's pointless, complex and best ignored, which is what life companies and advisers have sensibly done. After all, the much more important thing to do is to ensure life cover reaches the intended loved one. Especially with the growing numbers of unmarried couples risking total loss of the cover meant for them. But now it looks like trust registration for life policies can't be ignored. Even worse, it threatens...

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