Probate and Trust Administration
Probate work has been the cornerstone of our practice since the firm started in 1780. We have a specialist team who administer a wide variety of estates. This cover estates with UK based assets and estates with multi-jurisdictional interests where working with overseas advisors is required to provide a seamless service.
Our Probate team has significant experience in dealing with HMRC and negotiating on inheritance tax reliefs available. It also understands what disclosure requirements HMRC requires in order to avoid unnecessary queries later.
We also have extensive experience of dealing with the establishment and administration of trusts that have been created in lifetime or under a Will. This can include advising multi-generational trusts holding considerable family wealth to the administration of trusts for grandchildren’s school fees or over the family home.
Our detailed knowledge of tax legislation and the duties of trustees (a number of our Partners and Consultants act as trustees) means we can provide expert advice on income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax on the initiation and during the administration of our trusts– dealing with annual accounts, filing tax returns and advising on strategies for distributing wealth down the generations.
We keep our trustees up to date and on top of the latest compliance regimes introduced to combat money laundering and/or terrorism steering them through what are complex and burdensome regulations.
Government reintroduces probate “death-tax”
The Government announced in November that it is reintroducing its controversial proposals to increase the costs of applying for grant of probate that they originally tried to get through Parliament… Read more →
Making a Will
Consultation Response: Wedlake Bell LLP On 13 July 2017, the Law Commission launched a major consultation project on the law of Wills. The law in this area has not been… Read more →
MAJOR REFORMS TO THE TAXATION OF NON-DOMICILIARIES
On 8 September 2017, the government published Finance Bill 2017-2019 (“the Summer Finance Bill”) reintroducing the majority of the proposed reforms to the taxation of non-domiciliaries (“non-doms”) put on hold… Read more →