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Trust fund for children set up by pil

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PoppySeed2014 Fri 11-Apr-14 21:34:16

Completely prepared to be told iabu. I really don't know...

We have 3 dc and are struggling a bit financially. Nothing dreadful but we've got into about £3k debt paying nursery fees etc.

My pil have set up trust funds for our dc which they (and only they) can access at 18. The money can't be touched by anyone till then.

Aibu to feel a bit weird that my pil have effectively entrusted my dc with large chunks of cash that my dh and I have no say over? I'm hoping they'll be mature, responsible 18 year olds who'll use the money for university. But... I just feel a bit uneasy.

I would rather the money was put into an account that we can use for their education now or save for when we feel they'll be responsible enough to use wisely.

Hit me with it. Aibu?!

clam Sat 12-Apr-14 19:17:07

My parents and ILs both set up funds for my DC. We didn't tell them about it for years, until we had to. They are appreciative of it, but in no rush to spend any of it. Thankfully.

dancingnancy Sat 12-Apr-14 19:13:25

It's a bit like an 18 yr old wining the lottery. There seems to be many sad stories when that happens. The PIL's haven't really thought through the whole implications and how they could be doing more harm than good. My PIL did this. Has the great idea of signing their house over in a three way spit between my two kids (their only GC) and their daughter who has no children. We had to sit them down and explain how unfair this was and instead of being a good thing could leave their children arguing and bitter - not what they had wanted at all.

whatever5 Sat 12-Apr-14 18:51:32

YABU to expect your PIL to let you decide how their money should and shouldn't be spent.

I can understand why you wouldn't want your children to have the money at 18 though. Perhaps you could discuss this with your PIL to see if the age could be raised.

ElkTheory Sat 12-Apr-14 17:27:55

YABU. Your PILs are adults, they can decide what to do with their own money. Your children will be adults when they receive the money and can make their own decisions as well. If they spend it all on frivolous items, there is nothing you can do about it.

I think it is very generous of your PILs to provide this money for their grandchildren. IMO it would be unreasonable of you to think you should control this gift in any way.

Viviennemary Sat 12-Apr-14 17:25:08

I think saving money in a Trust for grandchildren is a completely different thing from paying off family debts. So I don't think your in laws are doing anything wrong. But I can see why you are a bit peeved as you probably think the money could be made use of now.

YellowDinosaur Sat 12-Apr-14 17:17:09

Temporarily being in debt to the sum of 3k knowing you can pay it off within a few months, arranged purely to finance a house move that presumably will benefit all the family is hardly being financially irresponsible ffs! I'm certainly very happy with my own decision to take out a loan of 25k to enable us to move 5 years ago which we've recently paid off. It meant we could buy a fantastic house for life at a bargain price and we've tightened our belts a bit topay it off. Presumably the same as the op is planning.

I bet the op is kicking herself for mentioning this small debt because it has meant that most people have got on their bloody high house and missed the point.

Booboostoo Sat 12-Apr-14 17:08:03

I think you are just adding things to your OP to make more sense of this.

If you are worried about the age simply talk to the PILs and see if the money can be released later on or in stages.

Your children will need a lot more than a six figure sum to never have to work in their lives! While a six figure sum is a huge amount of money, you need exhorbitant amounts of money not to have to work. Effectively you need a capital which in a conservative inverstment produces an interest, after taxes, equal to the wage you would like to be earning - that is a lot of money. I doubt this is a serious worry therefore.

Martorana Sat 12-Apr-14 16:10:53

How the other half lives, eh? grin

Mothergothel99 Sat 12-Apr-14 16:05:21

Wow, OP your mentioning the debt you have, can only be because you think that the money should be either given to you, or you should decide how their inheritance is spent (on preschool fees)

They are entirely right to keep you out of the equation. If they blow it, they blow it. If your thinking of spending it on nursery fees then you would squander it all by the time they are 18 anyway.

NearTheWindymill Sat 12-Apr-14 15:55:17

Well at the moment you can't afford it; and it's provided by the state.

You are being incredibly defensive for somebody so wholly in the right you know.

delusionindex Sat 12-Apr-14 15:50:59

So to summarise the OP...

My partner and I have mismanaged our finances.

My in laws want to set some money aside for our children at some point in the future and have structured this arrangement in such a way that my partner and I cannot be involved in managing the money.

I cannot see the connection between these two things.

PoppySeed2014 Sat 12-Apr-14 15:46:58

nearthewindymill thank you for your advice. I'll email all the parents at my dc's pre-school to explain that their children don't need to be there if a parent is at home hmm

Or you might consider that pre-school education is a positive thing? None of my dc were in childcare nurseries because I was at home. So I did the care. But after 2, they all went a few mornings a week in term time. Bizarrely, they love(d) it and we think it's a good thing.

And we can afford it normally. By the summer we'll be fine.

Ack, why am I bothering to argue?

Better go upstairs now to riad piggy banks to buy some Prestat truffles smile

NearTheWindymill Sat 12-Apr-14 15:35:02

We have 3 dc and are struggling a bit financially. Nothing dreadful but we've got into about £3k debt paying nursery fees etc.

Awfully sorry to have caused you offence but I have read the entire thread and would have had more sympathy had you been working. If you aren't working your DC don't need to be in private pre-school. They simply don't.

As for worrying about your DC not working if they have a trust fund, I know tens of children from very very wealthy backgrounds and it doesn't seem to stem their ambition at all. Our DC expect to work for a living. What financial security does buy, however, is the choice to realise dreams and that's something neither their father nor I had. We just had to get our noses down and earn it.

PoppySeed2014 Sat 12-Apr-14 15:20:16

Yeah, I think I just mentioned out debt because paying the next lot of fees is a struggle for us. But as I've said (repeatedly and boringly) our debt is small and temporary. We wouldn't commit to three lots of school fees if we couldn't afford it ourselves.

I forgot that people often don't read subsequent posts. Ooh, maybe I drip fed?! Lawks! smile

Anyway, bowing out here because I think I get the general consensus and I know what we need to do.

Oh, and can't resist pointing out that (as I said up thread) we are also saving using adult isa's for university fees etc. We don't spend all our money on skiing and champagne. (More like camping and sparkling elderflower)

LibraryMum8 Sat 12-Apr-14 15:15:35

Sorry just read it will be a large sum. In that case perhaps asking about conditions might not be a bad thing. To be fair to other posters though, when you do read the OP it does sound like you are a bit put off because you have debt and your children will be well off later in life. Again, it's two separate issues. If it were just about setting conditions why was your debt even mentioned? It has no bearing if the post truly is about conditions on their trust.

LibraryMum8 Sat 12-Apr-14 15:09:11

Yabu. The issues of you being in debt and grandparents providing money for your children are completely separate. How much money are you talking about? Thousands and thousands?

It would be ideal if they saved for uni with it. But you should carry on as if your pil's weren't giving them anything. If they were getting nothing would you still help fund uni? Honestly I'd be thankful they were getting something from their grandparents. Ds is getting nothing and he's not entitled to it, bit I'd be grateful if he did.

PoppySeed2014 Sat 12-Apr-14 15:02:11


I don't want pil to pay off our debts. And our debts are mainly due to a house love and will be cleared by summer.

neartheeindymill I'm a bit offended by what you've read into my posts (although suspect you've just read the op).

We live comfortably and within our means. I had a good, well paid career but am a sahm at the moment because we have three young dc and we can survive with just one income.

It's been really interesting reading the comments but I'm a bit demoralised when people comment and either haven't rtft or have read into my op things that weren't there.

I think I am being a bit ungrateful - it's my terms or I'm not happy. Probably true.

I do think that we need to talk to the pil about extending the age of inheritance or somehow putting conditions on the use of the money.

The idea of 18 year old being given a really huge sum (will be 6 figures) just scares me. Not because I think they'll waste it (although they may) but I'm concerned it will take away their drive to succeed in their own right. And by "suceed" I mean be a surgeon, hairdresser, swimmer, plumber, whatever. It's not about making huge amount of money themselves. But if you don't need to work and you're young it can be hard to motivate yourself (especially as almost all jobs are a bit tough/tedious when you're starting out). Hope that makes sense.

I want my dc to have financial stability but still make their own way in the world.

My best friend inherited enough at 18 to never have to work. She went to university, got a first, bought a house. But she's never found a job she can settle in and because she's got money in trust it doesn't matter. And yet, it does matter! She suffers quite badly with low self esteem because she hasn't earned her own money and never knows what to answer to the inevitable "so what do you do?" questions.

If a job is hard or a bit dull, she leaves. If she didn't have family money at her disposal she wouldn't have that luxary and may well have found her niche by now (out of necessity like most of us!). Anyway, I think that's where lots of my fears come from. Watching her struggling with finding her purpose.


sazzlesb Sat 12-Apr-14 14:57:58

I would also be worried about them blowing it at 18 but think it's a lovely gesture of the GPs.
If they put it all into one discretionary trust, then the trustees (presumably your PIL or maybe yourselves?) will have control over who gets how much which could depend on what they intend to spend it on - might be worth asking how they've set it up. If they have individual ones purely conditional on them reaching 18 there's probably little you can do but trust them!

Enjoyingmycoffee Sat 12-Apr-14 14:44:25

*Hit me with it. AIBU?!'

Yes. Very much so.

You have got in to debt, and you would like to use it to pay off your debt.

As for the age at which they get it, communicate with your in laws for goodness sakes. Just ask them to make it 21 or 25. Although at 18, that will pay for university all being well, will it not?

NearTheWindymill Sat 12-Apr-14 14:40:00

I think you are being unreasonable. We are almost mid fifties now and our DC are 16 and 19. I was a SAHM and the children went to a private nursery at three for five mornings because we could afford it. There was a state one available if we hadn't been able to afford it and it was just as good but only for 2.5 hours 9-11.30 rather than 9.15 - 12.15 which suited me better and I had a choice.

Our DC have trust funds which will pay them an allowance for university expenses from the age of 18. They will not have access to any capital before they are 25. They were set up by us for tax reasons.

I am sorry to say OP that if our DC were in relationships where a partner did not work and had run up debts relating to child care costs I would be very disappointed and I would make sure that my money was ringfenced to grandchildren rather than squandered on life style choices that were beyond the means of my dc or their partners.

roomwithabroom Sat 12-Apr-14 14:34:32

Sounds like the trust funds are ISAs? Most people don't realise when they set these up that the child has complete control of them when they are 18 and nothing you can do to stop it. When we looked at setting a small sum aside each month for our kids I looked at CASH ISAs and ran a mile because of this. As we are putting the money aside I think we should have a say in how it is spent.

It is probably a tax thing, giving the money away now (as long as they don't die in the next few years) avoids inheritance tax.

Do they know you are struggling financially? Would you be able to ask for some help?

I completely disagree with some on here about breaking even for working after nursery fees etc. You might want your children to go to a nursery to help them; good childcare isn't just someone to babysit your children.

Also if you give up your job when you have children you are probably going to want to find another one at some point, try applying for a job when you have children!

BornFreeButinChains Sat 12-Apr-14 14:21:38

TBH the best age to get any substantial amount of money would be around 30.

and then in 5 year increments up to death grin

BornFreeButinChains Sat 12-Apr-14 14:19:30


anyone receiving any kind of money from anywhere never goes down well on this site, there is a hard core of socialists on here more suited to North Korea....grin

Timetoask Sat 12-Apr-14 14:15:20

18 is too young to be entrusted with a large amount of money, I think you PIL have the right intentions but they are not doing your DC a favour by giving them so much money at such a young age.
I would talk to them about how you feel. They are you DC after all.

PhoebeNPenny Sat 12-Apr-14 14:13:43

My husband had a trust fund set up by his gran for when he reached 18. When he was 18 he was a git grin and she pushed it back so he had to be 21 before he got it. Could you not talk to the pils and ask about the age?

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