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Trust Management Fees

On appointment / settlement

We will charge a fee when we are appointed as trust administrators.1

If further assets are settled on a trust we administer, we will charge an additional fee.

These fees will be calculated on the market value of the settlement, according to the following scale:

Value up to £250,000 1.50% + VAT
On the next £250,000 1.25% + VAT
On the next £500,000 1.00% + VAT
Thereafter  0.75% + VAT

The minimum initial fee will be £650 + VAT. 

Annual Fees

For the provision of trust administration services, we charge annual fees on one or a combination of the following bases:

1. According to value

Charging according to value is most appropriate where the trust holds marketable assets such as an investment portfolio and cash. Fees will be charged on the market value, annually in arrears, according to the following scale.

Value up to £250,000 1.50% pa + VAT
On the next £250,000 1.25% pa + VAT
On the next £500,000 1.00% pa + VAT
Thereafter 0.75% pa + VAT

2. Fixed Fee

Charging on a fixed fee basis may be more appropriate for low value trusts where the administration required is relatively straightforward and the volume and nature of the work predicatable. The fixed fee will be charged annually in arrears and will be subject to annual review.

When quoting a fixed fee we reserve the right to charge an additional fee on a time spent basis to cover any exceptional work. 

3. Time spent

On occassion, we may agree to charge on a time spent basis. This will usually be in cases where we are engaged to administer a trust with a very high value or in cases where the nature of the trust assets means the workload can very considerably from year to year (for example, where residential or commercial property investments are held). Fees will be charged quarterley in arrears.

Our current rate is £185 per hour exc. VAT (subject to annual review).


Minimum annual fee: our minimum annual fee will be £650 + VAT

The annual management fee will cover routine trust administration, including:

  • the preparation of annual trust accounts
  • our attendance at annual meetings of the trustees
  • liasing with financial advisors, stock brokers, accountants etc
  • the preparation of trust minutes and resolutions
  • phone calls and correspondence in relation to the routine administration of the trust
  • storage of trust papers
  • processing payments

Additional Services

Work performed in addition to the routine adminstration services described above will be charged on a time spent basis. See above for out current rates.

Such time will be invoiced in arrears either monthly or quarterley depending on the volume of work.

Assets leaving a trust and termination fee

When capital is distributed (e.g. when a liferent comes to an end) additional fees may be charged on a time spent basis.

If a trust is wound up or trust administration transferred elsewhere, pro rata fees will be charged up to the date of closure or the end of our appointment with additional fees charged on a time spent basis for any work undertaken after the end of our appointment.

Tax returns

Where required, we will arrange for a tax return to be submitted to HMRC. The fee for this will depend on the extent of the reportable income and gains but is likely to be around £200 - £300.

                                                                                                                                                                               

1Where we are appointed in relation to a pilot trust (i.e. one that has been set up with a nominal sum) then this fee will only be applied when further assets are settled on the trust.

Heritable Property will be valued by a surveyor every 3 years and a valuation made on the basis that the property was sold with vacant possession on the open market.

Unless otherwise agreed, all fees quoted are exclusive of disbursements, expenses and third party costs such as professional fees, valuation fees and travel costs. These expenses will be charged in addition to the fees quoted above.

Where the trust instrument permits, our fees and expenses will be charged to the capital or income account of the trust. However, where there are insufficient liquid assets in the trust, invoices will be directed to the Trustees. 

All fees and certain expenses will be subject to VAT where applicable.

 
There are very few organisations which can claim to manage trusts in such a diligent and caring manner as Cairn.

Gillian Brown, Morisons LLP