Good Afternoon All,
I would be interested for some opinions on a trust which has been included in a Will where I am assisting in the estate administration.
The Will leaves a share of the estate to a named beneficiary (the deceased’s son “N”) on the terms of a trust declared later in the Will.
The trustees of the trust shall, at their discretion, invest the trust fund in their joint names with power to vary such investments from time to time and to stand possessed thereof upon trust to apply the income and all such part or parts of the capital at such time or times and in such ammer to or for the benefit of N during his life but with a request that the Trustees in exercising their discretion have special regard to the needs of N.
There is then separately explicit discretion in relation to capital advances from the trust during N’s lifetime.
N is a vulnerable adult in receipt of a variety of means tested benefits.
I have read the trust as an IPDI, although there appears to have been an intention to provide some discretion in relation to the payment of income (although I am not sure this has been successful). The concern now from the family is that this will impact his access to benefits, which was not the testator’s intention.
I would be grateful for any thoughts on this. I have tried to include the wording of the trust as faithfully as possible as I appreciate this is a question of construction.