How can we protect the cash we’re giving our son?

Tracey Moloney
1 November 2019

Q

We want to help out my son with a deposit for his first home and can afford to give him £50,000. The problem is that he is planning to buy with his girlfriend, so if they split up she could walk away with half the money we gave him for a deposit. How can we protect our cash?

From
HB/Birmingham

A

In order to protect the money, a deed of trust between yourselves and your son would need to be put in place along with a cohabitation agreement between himself and his girlfriend.

This agreement would make it clear if for any reason the parties separated, who would be entitled to what and how the assets would be split. It would include the fact that you gave him £50,000 in the event that the property is ever sold due to a breakdown in the relationship.

As a belt and braces approach, you would then sign a deed of trust with your son, which would show that the £50,000 was a loan and if for any reason the property is to be sold as a breakdown of the relationship that you would receive the £50,000 back.

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