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Do you have a Universal Wealth Preservation Trust? What to do next

Along with other solicitors up and down the country, we have recently been contacted by a number of extremely worried people who have transferred the ownership of assets including their homes and savings into trusts set up by a company called Universal Wealth Preservation (UWP).

This unregulated company, which ran seminars locally, is now uncontactable leaving many clients who thought they were taking steps to protect themselves against possible future care home fees and inheritance tax, unable to access their money or sell their own homes.

Alarming problems

The BBC Radio 4 programme, Money Box Live, recently highlighted the alarming problems people are now encountering after setting up trusts with UWP as their professional trustees.

This leaves clients with major difficulties when they either want to access their money or sell their home as the trustees, who are now the legal owners and must give their permission, are nowhere to be found.

What can you do?

Firstly, if you are concerned about this type of trust, it’s vital to take independent legal advice.

You can then begin steps to remove Universal Wealth Preservation, which may have operated several different trust companies, as the trustees and give you back control of your assets and home.

Things do get more complicated if the trust was set up by someone who has now died but Wards Solicitors is still able to help and can provide the expertise to resolve the problems for you.

Further warnings

Although the police are now investigating Universal Wealth Preservation, it seems that the first some clients hear of a problem is when someone contacts them out of the blue offering to sort out the issue with the UWP trustees for a fee.

It is thought that at least two of these companies have been set up by former Universal Wealth staff members so care should be taken when deciding on the next course of action and independent legal advice sought.

Please contact Wards Solicitors’ specialist trust advisers, Mary Harty or Catherine Cowan, on 0117 9292811 so that they can properly assess your UWP trusts and tell you what your options are.

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UPDATE August 2020

Wards Solicitors is open and our teams continue to work on existing cases and take on new business and clients.

From early August, we are pleased to announce that we will slowly be starting to re-open some of our branches to clients, but all appointments must be pre-booked.

Availability for face-to- face meetings in branches will be limited, and remote contact with teams – via phone, email or video call – is preferred wherever possible.  Our prime concern remains the safety of our clients and our staff.

Please note that all visitors to our offices must, by law, wear a face covering.

We cannot accept drop-in appointments.

How to get in touch:

  • Please email or telephone your usual lawyer or team, or
  • Please telephone the branch most convenient to you between 9am and 5:30pm, or email info@wards.uk.com at any time and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.  A list of our 11 branches is available here.

Thank you.

Wards Solicitors LLP