Advanced English Dialogue for Business – Clifford trusts

Listen to a Business English Dialogue About Clifford trusts

Eleanor: Hi Eva, have you ever heard of Clifford trusts?

Eva: Hi Eleanor! Yes, Clifford trusts are irrevocable trusts that allow the grantor to transfer assets while still retaining some control over them.

Eleanor: That’s right. They’re often used for estate planning purposes to minimize taxes and protect assets for future generations.

Eva: Exactly. With Clifford trusts, the grantor can specify how the assets are managed and distributed to beneficiaries over time.

Eleanor: Right. They’re named after a famous court case, Clifford v. Commissioner, which established the legality of this type of trust.

Eva: Yes, that case set a precedent for using such trusts as a legitimate tax planning strategy.

Eleanor: That’s correct. Clifford trusts provide flexibility and control for the grantor while offering tax advantages for estate planning.

Eva: Absolutely. They’re a valuable tool for individuals looking to preserve and manage their wealth for the benefit of their heirs.

Eleanor: Indeed. Properly structured Clifford trusts can help families pass on assets while minimizing tax liabilities and ensuring financial security for future generations.

Eva: Agreed. It’s essential to work with legal and financial professionals to set up and manage Clifford trusts effectively.