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Money, She Talked: giving money to your adult children – what’s the best way?

Why wait to leave an inheritance when your adult children and grandchildren could use the money now? This episode of the Money, She Talked podcast looks at ways to pass on money, the challenges of trying to be fair with your money and giving financial gifts while retaining control and more.

Many of us were brought up with the attitude and expectation that we should stand on our own feet financially, but this outlook has changed quite dramatically in recent years. The cost of housing, introduction of university fees and squeezes on pay rises mean that, overwhelmingly, we acknowledge that today’s younger generations have got it a lot tougher when it comes to money. There is a real desire to help, but what’s the best way? 

Financial Planning Director Gemma Helliwell is joined by Managing Director Emma Sterland and estate planning technical specialist Jocelyn Davis to discuss this subject.

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Episode highlights

2.49: Key points to consider when giving financial help to children of any age.

8.13: Emma highlights how people usually want to be fair. They don’t want to pass on money until their children have reached an equal point. But this time rarely comes and, while they’re waiting, decisions get delayed.

Other concerns:

  • Is this financial gift too much too soon?
  • Will family money get lost in a divorce or perhaps bankruptcy?

11.23: Jocelyn explains how trusts can be used to retain control over financial gifts: they’re “like a protective wrapper around your gift”.

14.21: Emma highlights how she works with clients to understand what they’re aiming to achieve from their gifts and then puts in place the right structures.

More information

If you’d like to talk about your specific circumstances and find out how we can help, please do get in touch. Give us a call on 020 7189 2400 to find out more or book an appointment for a free initial consultation.  

This podcast is solely for your information, it shouldn't be construed as financial advice.

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If you have any feedback about the podcast or ideas for future episodes, we would love to hear from you. You can get in touch by emailing podcast@tilney.co.uk or calling us on 020 3811 3625.

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