How is a business protection arrangement using business trusts structured?

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The business owners would sign an option agreement – a single option agreement(Opens new window) will commonly be used with critical illness cover and a double option agreement(Opens new window) with life cover. Under the terms of the option agreement, each of the business owners will take out an own-life policy and place this in trust for the benefit of the other business owners.

Trusts establish legal rights and entitlements and might have material financial and tax implications for the settlor, trustees and beneficiaries. Aegon UK isn't authorised to provide legal advice, so you should take your own legal advice before setting up a trust, to make sure that it meets your clients' requirements. Our trusts have been drafted for use by UK domiciled individuals.