‘A Practical Guide to Personal Injury Trusts – 2nd Edition’ by Alan Robinson
Published: June 2020
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Means tested social security benefits normally include a capital rule, under which someone with excess capital is disqualified from the benefits, or the amount payable is reduced. Similarly, someone with capital in excess of a certain amount is disqualified for local authority social care services, or will be required to make a contribution from their capital. Because a windfall, such as a legacy, can thereby deprive the claimant, the rules were amended to allow compensation for personal injury to be treated as exempt from the capital rule if placed in a trust. This in turn awakened interest in the personal injury trust as a method of dealing effectively with compensation for personal injury, and also of ensuring tax efficiency. Personal injury trusts, therefore, have become a basic tool for use by personal injury practitioners and by private client advisers.
This new edition brings together the law on benefits, taxation and social care. It brings up to date both the changes in benefits (particularly with the national roll-out of universal credit) and the changes in tax as they affect personal injury trusts, and also considers the view of the Court of Protection on PI trusts as a method of administering the property of someone without capacity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alan Robinson qualified as a solicitor in 1972. He has spent the whole of his working life focussing on areas of practice around welfare law (in particular social security and community care) and around the law as it affects charities. He has written and spoken extensively on these topics. He retired from legal practice in 2010 and now works part-time as a consultant and trainer. He is the author of “Introduction to the Law of Community Care in England and Wales” (Law Brief Publishing).
Chapter One – Personal Injury Trusts: Overview and Preliminary Considerations
Chapter Two – Means-Tested Benefits: Principal Rules
Chapter Three – How Personal Injury Compensation Is Dealt With
Chapter Four – Non Contributory Disability Benefits
Chapter Five – Local Authority Services
Chapter Six – Paying for Care
Chapter Seven – NHS Continuing Health Care
Chapter Eight – Types of Personal Injury Trust
Chapter Nine – The Mentally Incapable Client and the Court of Protection
Chapter Ten – Problem Areas for Practitioners
Chapter Eleven – Conclusion and Further Resources
Appendix 1 – Assessment for Personal Independence Payments
Appendix 2 – Employment and Support Allowance