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Via Power of Attorney (POA)

Via Power of Attorney (POA)

Mrs East has completed a power of attorney which is now held by her son and Solicitor. She had recently sold a property and wanted to try to mitigate Inheritance Tax (IHT) without compromising her own financial security.

Client Circumstances

  • Has cash balance of £500,000 from house sale
  • Wishes to reduce IHT exposure
  • Has high pension income
  • Significant investment portfolio of £550,000
  • Now in care home
  • Aged 95 but in good health relative to age

Recommended Solutions

  • Attorneys to invest £400,000 into a suitable Business Property Relief (BPR) qualifying investment
  • £20,000 to be placed in a current account for emergency access
  • £80,000 invested into savings account to meet additional care home costs for the next three years.
  • Retain existing investment portfolio

Benefits from advice given

  • After holding the investment for 2 years, the £400,000 is removed from her estate.
  • Tax saving of £160,000 increasing the value of the estate passed on to beneficiaries
  • Access to capital if required
  • Income can be generated in the future if required to assist with care costs
  • Children benefit from any capital growth on the investment
  • Existing investment portfolio continues to provide income and capital growth
  • Pensions and investment income cover care home fees
  • Avoids need to gift significant capital which is difficult under PoA

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