It has been said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes, so it is smart to prepare for both.
With effective estate planning you can protect your wealth, ensuring that you and your family are provided for now and in the future.
Whether your assets are held in the UK, overseas or split between continents, we can help to devise the most effective means of retaining and passing on wealth to the next generation, or meeting your philanthropic aims. We can also help to protect your wealth from unexpected events like incapacity and claims from third parties.
Disputes regarding wealth are often complicated and highly stressful, especially if you are grieving. Whether you are making or defending a claim against an estate or trust, we will always act with sensitivity and discretion, keeping your private matters out of Court wherever possible.
We can support you at every decision-making stage of your life, assisting you personally as well as where you act as a trustee or executor.
What happens to my estate if I do not update my Will before my divorce is finalised? If you have a Will naming your spouse as a beneficiary, it will remain valid until your divorce is finalised with a Decree Absolute. This may only take a few months, but it can also take years. Should […]
The solution is a General Power of Attorney (GPA), which can be drafted by a solicitor and is valid from the moment it is executed. A GPA is usually valid for 12 months and can be as specific or general as you want it to be, authorising a named person to undertake defined business functions […]
Who Should Prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney? It is sensible for everyone over the age of 18 to have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). LPA’s act as an insurance policy. They are something you hope you never have to use but are there just in case. There are two types of LPA: ‘Property […]
Guardianship: Who Will Look After Your Child? When both parents pass-away whilst a child is still underage, there is no one with parental responsibility who can take over the role of a parent. Parental responsibility is a term used to describe the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent, which include housing, protecting and maintaining […]
What can I do if there is not a Lasting Power of Attorney? If someone you know loses the ability to make decisions for themselves, and there is no Lasting Power of Attorney in place, it is advisable to make an application for Deputyship to give you the authority to look after their affairs on […]
Income Tax Marriage Allowance allows married and civil partnered couples to transfer part of their tax allowance to their spouse, which can reduce their tax bill by up to £250 each year. To benefit as a couple, one spouse would need to earn less than the other and have an income of £12,500 or less. […]
Lack of Mental Capacity When you give instructions and then execute your Will, you will need to know what you are doing and understand the full implications of your actions. In legal terms this broadly means you, the Testator (person making the Will), will need to: Understand that you are making a Will and how […]
When you run your own business, there will always be an overlap between your professional and personal life. To ensure you can achieve both your business and personal aspirations, it is important that your solicitors fully understand how the decisions you make in your private life can impact your business interests. Our team advises entrepreneurs, […]
Key Considerations for Business Owners The most common business types are sole traders, partnerships and incorporated companies. Depending on the businesses structure, documents such as shareholder agreements, partnership agreements and articles of association usually set out the basis for how it is owned and managed. It is also possible for these documents to dictate what […]
The reality is that anyone can become incapacitated at any time through illness or accident, so it makes sense to prepare for that possibility. Depending on the length of time you are out of action, the consequences for your life may be minimal, but the consequences for your business could be more significant. For example: If […]
When you run a business there is always an overlap between your professional and personal life. To ensure you can realise your goals, it is important to understand how the decisions you make in your private life can impact your business interests and vice versa. We specialise in helping entrepreneurs, directors and investors to protect […]
When you run a business there is always an interaction between your professional and personal life, so it is important to understand how the decisions you make in your private life can impact your business. This is the second in a three-part webinar series in which we look at how to legally align your professional […]
In a time when both our business models and personal relationships are being tested to their limits, it is important to understand how the breakdown of a relationship can affect your business. This webinar is essential viewing for all entrepreneurs who are: Married or considering marriage in the future With a business partner who is […]
As a specialist firm, we focus on all areas of family law and legal matters that affect private wealth. Our solicitors are experienced, realistic and focused on achieving the best results for you and your family.