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Trust Services


A trust is created when assets are transferred to a trustee. The trustee becomes the legal owner of the asset and is responsible for managing the assets and distributing them to the beneficiaries of the trust (which could include the person or corporation, called “settlor”, who transferred the assets to the trustee) in accordance with the terms of the trust.

The terms on which the trustee administers the trust assets are detailed in a document called trust deed.  In addition many common law jurisdictions have also enacted trust legislation to govern and protect the trust’s assets, their beneficiaries and to guide the trustee in the administration of trusts.

There are various types of trusts and each one covers for specific requirements of settlors and/or beneficiaries.

When a trust is established in a suitable jurisdiction, such as the Isle of Man, provided that residents of that jurisdiction are excluded from receiving benefits from the trust, then there will be no local taxes applicable to the assets and income of the trust in that jurisdiction.

What assets can be held by a trust?

  • Shares and stocks in both quoted and unquoted companies
  • Investment portfolios
  • Real and intellectual property
  • Bank deposits
  • Life assurance policies issued on the life of the Settlor
  • Most other types of asset

Some of the advantages of a trust

  • Private relationship, for example in the Isle of Man trust deeds are not publicly registered
  • Wealth protection
  • Tailored to specific family requirements
  • Recognised in all common law jurisdictions
  • Increasing recognition in important civil law jurisdictions
  • An important tool in international income, capital gains and estate tax planning

DCTS is licensed as a Class 5 Trust Service Provider which permits it to operate in or from the Isle of Man and can provide the following services:

  • Establishment of all types of trusts
  • Trust Administration services
  • Provision of corporate trustees and protector services
  • Accounting, tax and financial services
  • Family Office support services