Wills & succession planning

Wills Solicitors

Creating a will can seem like a daunting prospect, raising questions of mortality that you may prefer not to contemplate.  However, it is one of the most significant things you can do to provide for your loved ones beyond your lifetime.  Without an up to date and well-drafted will, you are at risk of the distribution of your estate not reflecting your true wishes.  Whether your circumstances and wishes are relatively straightforward or more complex, you need a trusted adviser to support you to prepare a tax-efficient will and to document precisely how you would like your assets to be managed on death.

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Make an enquiry Protecting your wishes beyond your lifetime

Our wills solicitors have the expertise to guide you through the process of making and updating your will, providing you with advice that is tailored to your unique circumstances.  Many of our clients have complicated personal affairs which could include being domiciled abroad, holding assets in multiple jurisdictions or wanting to protect wealth through multiple generations.

We gain a holistic understanding of the complexities of your life.  This allows us to provide you with the certainty that your plans have been set out exactly as you would wish.

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We support our clients with individually tailored legal advice, in areas such as:

  • Will drafting and storage.
  • Will updates.
  • Codicils.
  • Wealth distribution.
  • Inheritance tax.
  • Lifetime estate planning.
  • Wills for business owners.
  • Multi-jurisdictional estates.
  • Lasting Power of Attorney.
  • Business Lasting Power of Attorney.
  • Trusts.
  • Legacies and gifts.
  • Mirror wills.
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    • We advise clients who own businesses on how best to structure their will so as to make use of business property relief in passing assets down to future generations. A will trust to hold business assets is often flexible and tax-efficient, whether the intention is that the business continues to be owned and run by the family, or the business will be sold.

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      wills for business owners

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      We advise clients who own businesses on how best to structure their will so as to make use of business property relief in passing assets down to future generations. A will trust to hold business assets is often flexible and tax-efficient, whether the intention is that the business continues to be owned and run by the family, or the business will be sold.

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    • Wealthy clients often hold assets in a number of jurisdictions, meaning that consideration must be given to the local laws that govern both succession and tax. In some cases, this means coordinating the preparation of a separate will in each jurisdiction rather than one global will.  The client’s focus may also be on protecting assets for future generations, and we can ensure that this is done in a way which works in every relevant jurisdiction.

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      Assets in multiple jurisdictions

      Case study

      Wealthy clients often hold assets in a number of jurisdictions, meaning that consideration must be given to the local laws that govern both succession and tax. In some cases, this means coordinating the preparation of a separate will in each jurisdiction rather than one global will.  The client’s focus may also be on protecting assets for future generations, and we can ensure that this is done in a way which works in every relevant jurisdiction.

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    • We regularly advise married couples where one spouse is a US citizen. Often the careful use of will trusts can ensure that there is no tax on either side of the Atlantic on the first death, and that tax is mitigated when assets pass to the next generation.  We work with American advisers to prepare wills which achieve optimum efficiency in both the UK and US.

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      US/UK marriages

      Case study

      We regularly advise married couples where one spouse is a US citizen. Often the careful use of will trusts can ensure that there is no tax on either side of the Atlantic on the first death, and that tax is mitigated when assets pass to the next generation.  We work with American advisers to prepare wills which achieve optimum efficiency in both the UK and US.

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