Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove's lawyers are specialists in advising its UK and international clients on their estate planning and succession planning objectives. We advise on all aspects of succession planning, including Will-drafting, Lasting Powers of Attorney, lifetime and on-death trusts, and tax planning.
Our succession experts can assist clients in minimising the risk of claims being made against their estates. Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove’s clients typically have assets in multiple jurisdictions, complex business structures and high-value real estate or other assets, for which careful planning is important. Additionally, we have first-hand and in-depth experience in ensuring that UK succession planning is implemented in line with laws and requirements of any other relevant jurisdictions.
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In conjunction with our expertise in advising owner-managers and families on succession and governance transition over family business, our lawyers are able to advise on shareholder or partnership agreements where business or farming assets are concerned.
Additionally, and in line with our inheritance tax planning expertise, our lawyers commonly advise on tax implications of estate planning and can structure Wills with tax objectives in mind.
We have a dedicated probate team with a wealth of experience and specialist expertise in administering large and complex estates, alongside a wide range of associated issues that can arise in certain circumstances. Unlike many other firms, we do not look to charge a percentage of any of the assets in an estate. We believe in keeping the costs simple and straightforward and we will in most cases charge on a simple hourly basis according to our hourly charge-out rates. Where possible, we will try to give an estimate of the likely costs involved in the whole or part of the administration of an estate.
The firm has an unrivalled wealth of experienced in the administration for international estates and those of individuals dying with UK or non-UK domiciles.
Examples of relevant work that we commonly carry out are:
- Estates with multi-jurisdictional issues;
- Estates with outstanding liabilities and solvency issues;
- Estates involving heritage assets, applications for conditional exemption and making ‘offers in lieu’ of inheritance tax; and
- Estates containing businesses and farming partnerships and with agricultural and business property relief issues.