Complete peace of mind: Lifetime Trusts

Secure your family home within a protective bubble and preserve it for future generations while allowing you to maintain control during your lifetime.

Lifetime Trusts & Estate Management: A protective bubble around your family home

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What is a Lifetime Trust?

A Discretionary Lifetime Trust is a legal arrangement where Trustees are made responsible for property or assets on behalf of your beneficiaries. It is implemented during your lifetime to preserve your wealth and safeguard your family home, ensuring your loved ones receive the maximum benefit from your estate.

This type of Discretionary Trust has been used in the UK for hundreds of years and is one of the most valuable and versatile Estate Planning tools available.

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What is the Estate Management Plan?

Our Estate Management Plan is a complete solution for all of your Estate Planning needs and includes the following benefits:

Comprehensive Asset Protection:

A Lifetime Trust provides complete protection for your family's home.

Clear Guidance for Your Loved Ones:

A Last Will & Testament ensures that your wishes are followed and provides clarity for your loved ones.

Security for Your Future:

A Property and Financial Lasting Power of Attorney ensures that someone you trust can make important decisions on your behalf, no matter what happens.

Secure Document Storage:

Store your irreplaceable documents in our state-of-the-art facilities, ensuring they are safe and accessible when needed. Also, get your own personal digital asset vault.

Executor Support:

Our team is available to guide your executors if needed, providing peace of mind for you and your family.

Reduced Probate Fees:

If required, your executors can access unbeatable Probate discounts, helping to reduce costs during a difficult time.

Unlimited Updates:

We understand that life changes, so we offer unlimited updates to your Will to reflect your evolving wishes.

Unlimited Legal Advice:

Our team is always here to support you and your family with any Estate Planning questions.

Thousands of our clients are already benefitting from a Lifetime Trust

Here are some of the reasons why


Your Trustees can respond to changing or unforeseen circumstances, including your beneficiaries' financial or personal situations, ensuring they receive their inheritance at the right time. A Lifetime Trust is also at the core of our Estate Management Plan, which gives you and your family access to ongoing support, legal advice and updates.

Avoid sideways disinheritance

A Lifetime Trust can be a sensible way of ensuring children from previous relationships still receive their inheritance. It also ensures your assets stay within your family in the event of a divorce or if your partner should choose to remarry after your passing.

Privacy and protection against claims

The details of a Lifetime Trust are not made publicly available, unlike a Will, which the public can see after your passing. Also, a Trust cannot be contested in the same way that a Will can.

Preserve control

Securing your assets within a Lifetime Trust can help to maintain control over care home fees should the need arise during your lifetime.

Lifetime Trust vs Will Trust?

Compare the different levels of protection and decide which is right for you

Lifetime Trusts

Protect your family home during your lifetime

Ideal for...

  • Shielding against sideways disinheritance
  • Preserving control over care and Probate fees
  • Lifetime support and updates
  • Protecting your main residence
  • Enhanced security during your lifetime

Will Trusts

Protect property, assets and family after you pass away

Ideal for...

  • Allowing partners to continue living in your property without inheriting
  • Safeguarding vulnerable and disabled beneficiaries
  • Protecting different types of assets including property and money
  • Enhanced security when you pass away


Lifetime Discretionary Trusts give Trustees the power to determine who, among a group of your chosen beneficiaries, will inherit, as well as the amount and timing of the distribution.

It gives your Trustees more flexibility enabling them to protect your assets if circumstances change, e.g. a beneficiary is facing bankruptcy, divorce or is struggling with addictions or debts.

We advise including an Article of Wishes alongside your Lifetime Trust to guide your Trustees.

A Trustee is an individual entrusted with the control and administration of property or assets held in a Trust, with the legal duty to manage it for the specified purposes.

You can have 2 Trustees, up to a maximum of 4. You, the Settlor, can also be a Trustee.

Anyone you would like, your partner, children, relatives, friends and even charities can all be beneficiaries of a Lifetime Trust.

Yes, a Trustee can also be a beneficiary of a Trust.

The Settlor is the person putting assets into the Trust.

From the 1st of March 2022, Lifetime Trusts must be registered with HMRC. We will register your Trust during the creation process.

Lifetime Trusts can last up to 125 years, but your Trustees can end the Trust if needed.

Why choose ELM?

We are committed to protecting your loved ones and hard-earned assets by offering straightforward and cost-effective solutions to your needs.

With our legal team's experience in the Wills, Estate Planning, and Probate sectors, we have established ourselves as a trusted and leading provider of Will Writing services in the UK.

We are specialists

We are a specialist Will Writing, Probate & Trusts company. This is all that we do. As a result, we're able to provide the highest quality service possible - something that is reflected in our fantastic customer reviews.

Over 20+ years experience

ELM was established in 2000 and has been providing a professional and reliable service ever since. We are members of the Institute of Professional Will Writers and our in-house training development plan means all our employees achieve industry-recognised qualifications.

We have helped over 30,000 people

We have helped over 30,000 people to complete their Wills, leaving them safe in the knowledge that their family’s interests have been properly protected.

Free no-obligation enquiries

Because everyone's circumstances are different, we offer free no-obligation enquiries, ensuring you get a personalised service that meets your specific needs.

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