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Inheritance Tax Planning Solicitors

Our inheritance tax solicitors will help you to maximise the amount you leave to your family and loved ones by advising you on the most tax efficient options available to you.

We have a large and experienced team of inheritance tax planning solicitors, working under five partners, who specialise in Wills and Estate planning. We provide advice nationally via our offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham.

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Wills & Inheritance Tax Advice

Wills are at the centre of any succession plan and you are strongly advised to seek legal advice before writing a Will. A badly drawn Will can lead to inheritance disputes which are costly and cause delays.

You should seek legal advice if you:

  • are cohabiting

  • sharing a property (with a person other than a spouse)

  • recently divorced or remarried

  • have children from a different relationship

  • have a business or agricultural assets

  • have children with special needs who will be provided for in your Will

  • have assets overseas

You may also need to think who you wish to be executors and guardians for minor children in your Will.


Estate Planning

Thinking about your Will and succession plans can help to focus on all areas of financial planning. We have a number of contacts with independent financial advisors who can assist you with financial advice.

If you own a family business, you may also wish to speak to one of our dedicated family business team who can assist with succession planning for your business.

Most of our lawyers and solicitors are members of the Society for Trust Estate Practitioners and are therefore recognised as specialists in this area of law. We advise on the best structure to protect against inheritance tax, as well as claims arising on divorce or bankruptcy. We also advise on protective structures for vulnerable beneficiaries who, through mental and physical disability, may find it difficult to manage money.


Lifetime Gifts

You may decide that it is advantageous to you and to your beneficiaries to dispose of property in your lifetime. If you make a gift of an asset to your children and survive the gift by seven years, the value of the gift will fall out of your estate for inheritance tax. This needs careful planning in view of the tax implications. You may wish to consider ways in which you continue to have access to income from the gift.

By creating discretionary trusts up to the value of the nil band for inheritance tax every seven years, you can significantly reduce the value of your estate for inheritance tax and can provide for several generations to benefit from your estate.


For inheritance tax planning advice from experienced solicitors, please contact Michelle Rose on 0117 314 5246.

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Meet the Team

We have a large team of inheritance tax planning lawyers working under five partners who specialise in Wills and Estate planning.

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Judith Cuxson - Partner at VWV
Partner

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Inheritance Tax Planning

Wills

Mary McCrorie - Partner at VWV
Partner

Wills and Estate Administration

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Inheritance Tax Planning

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