What is a discretionary trust?

A trust is a way of looking after property or money so that it can help a person who is not able to look after the assets for themselves.

A discretionary trust is a special form of trust which gives all the decisions about how the assets are looked after and how they are used, to named trustees.

Unlike many other trusts, wealth left or accumulated in a fully discretionary trust does not affect the beneficiary's eligibility for means-tested benefits or entitlements.

In this video, Julie Schwarz, recently retired as director of Mencap Trust Company, talks about the benefits of using a discretionary trust service and the Mencap Trust service.

Frequently asked questions

Read our answers to some frequently asked questions about setting up a trust.

Contact the Mencap Trust Company team

Call us on 020 7696 6932 or email mtc@mencaptrust.org.uk if you have a question we haven't answered yet. 

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Mencap Trust Company general information pack

If you'd like more information on the Mencap Trust Company please download our information pack (PDF).

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch please email mtc@mencaptrust.org.uk.

Glossary of terms

We've created a glossary of some of the words we use that you might like definitions for. 

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